Time drinketh up the essence of every great and noble action which ought to be performed but is delayed in the execution.
—The Panchatantra Indian Collection of Fables and Folktales
The procrastinator is not only indolent and weak but commonly false too; most of the weak are false.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741–1801) Swiss Theologian, Poet
Tomorrow I will live, the fool does say: today itself’s too late; the wise lived yesterday.
—Martial (40–104) Ancient Roman Latin Poet
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Where duty is plain delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may be both wisdom and safety.
—Tryon Edwards American Theologian