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The 75 Best Quotes About Procrastination

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There are three types of quotes about procrastination: Funny ones, quotes that discourage procrastination, and quotes that celebrate procrastinating for the beautiful thing it is.

So, whether you’re trying to be productive, or trying to justify all the time you spend on Reddit, we’ve got the right quote for you.

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Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis

Procrastinate now, don’t put it off. Ellen DeGeneres

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The trouble is that you think you have time.” Jack Kornfield

Begin doing what you want to do now. Marie Beynon Ray

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

Know the true value of time! Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things. Gene Hayden

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

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I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do — the day after. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. Victor Kiam

You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays. The Music Man

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. Syndey Smith

You may delay but time will not. Benjamin Franklin

Time wasted is existence; used is life. Edward Young

The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind–jump in. Charles R. Swindoll

Tomorrow, the busiest day of the week.

I’m a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating. Ella Varner

You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last minute panic. Bill Watterson

The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too. Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t procrastinate. Putting off an unpleasant task until tomorrow simply gives you more time for your imagination to make a mountain out a possible molehill. More time for anxiety to sap your self-confidence. Do it now, brother, do it now. Unknown

My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, “Just wait.” Judy Tenuta

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. Robert Benchley

We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and day out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs. Arnold Bennett

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln

Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something. E. L. Simpson

If we accept and internalize the fact of our own mortality, then, by definition, we have to deal with the essential questions of how we live and spend our allotted time. We have to stop procrastinating, pretending that we have forever to do what we want to do and be what we long to be. Surya Das

After all, tomorrow is another day. Margaret Mitchell

The best way to get something done is to begin. Unknown

Think of many things, do one.

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. Napoleon Bonaparte

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. Michael Landon

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. Dennis Waitley

One of these days is none of these days. H.G. Bohn

The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment. Unknown

One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow. Vincent T. Foss

How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.’ Martin Luther King

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. Jerome K. Jerome

Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good, but in the end you’re only screwing yourself. Unknown

Procrastination is a way for us to be satisfied with second-rate results; we can always tell ourselves we’d have done a better job if only we’d had more time. If you’re good at rationalizing, you can keep yourself feeling rather satisfied this way, but it’s a cheap happy. You’re whittling your expectations of yourself down lower and lower. Richard O’Conner

Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have, if we didn’t spend half of our time wishing. Unknown

There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house. Joe Ryan

Put off for one day and ten days will pass by. Korean Proverb

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. Eva Young

If and When were planted, and Nothing grew. Proverb

If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done. Rita Mae Brown

A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb

Procrastination is the thief of time. Charles Dickens

There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

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. Robert Anthony

Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill. Christopher Parker

You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there you’ll get run over. Paul H. Dunn

Someday is not a day of the week. Janet Dailey

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Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters. Pandora Poikilos

I’ve been looking over the list of spring chores I made up last fall, and darned if they aren’t fall chores, after all. Robert Brault

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible. George Claude Lorimer

I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done. Susan Orlean

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late. Lee Iacocca

I do my work at the same time each day — the last minute. Unknown

The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research. Stephen King

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin

Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live. M. Scott Peck

Eventually, time takes care of everything. The trouble with procrastination is that people give up on it too soon. Robert Brault

When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller. Unknown

What may be done at any time will be done at no time. Scottish Proverb

If you ask me, reincarnation is just another way to procrastinate. Chuck Palahniuk

Procrastination: A hardening of the oughteries. Unknown

You know you are getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate. Unknown

The worst form of procrastination is reading a procrastination quote, feeling the guilt and not doing anything about it. Unknown

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