“TIME is only an illusion produced by the succession of our states of consciousness as we travel through eternal duration.
“It does not exist where no consciousness exists in which the illusion can be produced—but ‘lies asleep.’
“The present is only a mathematical line which divides that part of eternal duration which we call the future, from that part which we call the past.
“Nothing on earth has real duration, for nothing remains without change — or the same — for the billionth part of a second.
“The real person or thing does not consist solely of what is seen at any particular moment, but is composed of the sum of all its various and changing conditions from its appearance in the material form to its disappearance from the earth. It is these ‘sum-totals’ that exist from eternity in the ‘future,’ and pass by degrees through matter, to exist for eternity in the ‘past.’
“Persons and things, which, dropping out of the to-be into the has-been, out of the future into the past — present momentarily to our senses, a cross-section of their total selves, as they pass through time and space (as matter) on their way from one eternity to another. And these two constitute that ‘duration’ in which alone anything has true existence, were our senses but able to cognize it there.”