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Quotes and Sayings About Procrastination

Count that day lost, whose slow descending sun views from thine hand no worthy action done. ~ Edward J. Young

So much to do; so little done. ~ Cecil Rhodes

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day. You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. ~ Time lyrics, from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon


Procrastinators do not learn their behavior paterns from the neighbors. Sometimes, one or both parents have the same problems as their child. ~ Bright Mind, Poor Grades, Michael D. Whitley

He who has begun, has half done. Dare to be wise; begin! ~ Horace

While we stop to think, we often miss an opportunity. ~ Publilius Syrus

Delay always breeds danger, and to protract a great design is often to ruin it. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

In putting off what one has to do, one runs the risk of never being able to do it. ~ Charles Baudelaire

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. ~ Baltasar Gracian

Do noble things, do not dream them all day long. ~ Charles Kingsley

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. ~ Spanish Proverb

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. ~ Mark Twain

Be doing always something, that the Devil catch thee not at leisure. ~ Thomas Fuller

Tomorrow, every Fault to be amended;
but that Tomorrow never comes. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Defer not till tomorrow to be wise,
Tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise.
~ William Congreve

Indulge in procrastination, and in time you will come to this, that because a thing ought to be done, therefore you can't do it. ~ Charles Buxton

If you delay till tomorrow what ought to be done today, you overcharge the morrow with a burden which belongs not to it. You load the wheels of time, and prevent it from carrying you along smoothly. ~ Hugh Blair

Be wise today! ' tis madness to defer;
Next day, the fatal precedent will plead;
Thus on, till wisdom is pushed out of life.
Procrastination is the the thief of time.
~ Thomas Addison

By the streets of "By and By" one arrives at the house of "Never." ~ Cervantes

By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there's no more future left for them. ~ Sir Roger L'Estrange

Delay is always injurious to those who are prepared. ~ Lucan

Procrastination is the thief of time: Year after year it steals till all are fled, And to the mercies of a moment leaves The vast concerns of an eternal scene. ~ Young

If you have any duty which must be done, and it seems disagreeable, do it promptly and have it over. ~ Thomas Jefferson

All that time is lost which might be better employed. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. ~ Mark Twain
 
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  Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends. ~ William Shakepeare