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21. And yet, O Lord, we do perceive intervals of time, and
we compare them with each other, and we say that some are
longer and others are shorter. We even measure how much
longer or shorter this time may be than that time. And we
say that this time is twice as long, or three times as long,
while this other time is only just as long as that other.
But we measure the passage of time when we measure the intervals
of perception. But who can measure times past which now
are no longer, or times future which are not yet--unless
perhaps someone will dare to say that what does not exist
can be measured? Therefore, while time is passing, it can
be perceived and measured; but when it is past, it cannot,
since it is not.