An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.


Lord Acton (1834-1902, British historian)


Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right, you'll probably never do much of anything.


Win Borden


The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.


Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986, Argentinean author)


Don't wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.


Frank C. Bucaro (American trainer, consultant)


Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.


Aaron Burr (1756-1836, American statesman)


Procrastination is the seed of self-destruction.


Matthew Burton


In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


There are two kinds of people; those who finish what they start and so on.


Robert Byrne


Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem... break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


When a man does a household job, he goes through three periods: contemplating how it will be done; contemplating when it will be done; and contemplating.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work.


W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993, American management consultant who helped turn Japan's economy around)


Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


He who waits upon fortune is never sure of dinner.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!


Donald Gardner


There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British Prime Minister)


No age or time of life, no position or circumstance, has a monopoly on success. Any age is the right age to start doing!


Ralph Gerard


If the mass of people hesitate to act, strike with swiftly and with boldness, the brave heart that understands and seizes opportunity can everything.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The wise does at once what the fool does at last.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


When the morning's freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles give under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish it is then that you must not hesitate.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Don't wait. The time will never be just right.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Tear thyself from delay.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Procrastination is opportunity's natural assassin.


Victor Kiam (1926-2001, American businessman, former CEO of Remington)


In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; a grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season.


Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882, American First Lady)


How soon not now, becomes never.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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He who awaits much can expect little.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-, Colombian writer)


Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.


Olin Miller


Delay is the deadliest form of denial.


C. Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993, British historian, political scientist, formulator of Parkinson's Law)


If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll never get anything done.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


It's so hard when contemplated in advance, and so easy when you just do it.


Robert M. Pirsig (1928-, American author)


Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will -- tomorrow!


Gloria Pitzer


Begin to weave and God will give the thread.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Manana is often the busiest day of the week.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Never put off today what you can put off tomorrow.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations.


Charles Richter


Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations.


Charles Richter


Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.


Haile Selassie


Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


In delay there lies no plenty.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down -- until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.


George Sheehan


We hate delays by others, but sometimes it makes us wise.


Author Unknown


All delay is helpful, but it does produce wisdom.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


During a very busy life I have often been asked, "How did you manage to do it all?" The answer is very simple. It is because I did everything promptly.


Richard Tangye


Elijah went before the people and said, How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.  But the people said nothing.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: 1 Kings 18:21


If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.


J. R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973, British novelist, scholar)


The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.


Dawson Trotman


If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.


Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883, Russian author)


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


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


All things come to those who wait, but when they come they're out of date.


Author Unknown


He who begins and does not finish loves his pains.


Author Unknown


He who hesitates is probably right.


Author Unknown


I remember reading somewhere about an organization called Procrastinators Anonymous. I think they had been in existence for some years but had never gotten around to having a meeting.


Author Unknown


Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.


Author Unknown


Someday is not a day of the week.


Author Unknown


Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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He who hesitates is a damned fool.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


He who hesitates is last.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Nothing was ever done so systematically as nothing is being done now.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


Today's greatest labor-saving device is tomorrow.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fool reform, and mortal men lay hold on heaven.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


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.


Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)


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