Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too. Marcus Aurelius
For time is like a fashionable host That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand, And with the arms outstretchd, as he would fly, Grasps in the comer: welcome ever smiles, And farewell goes out sighing. William Shakespeare