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  • "The only time I ever iron the sheets or make meringues is when there is an … urgent deadline in the offing."
    Angela Carter (19401992), British novelist, short-story writer, and essayist
    Source: Quoted in A Card from Angela Carter (Susannah Clapp, 2012)
  • "I don't think of it as procrastination. I think of it as allowing my work to accumulate urgency."
    Maud Newton, US writer, journalist, and blogger
    Source: Twitter (maudnewton) (December 13, 2011)
  • "Resisting a task is usually a sign that it’s meaningful—which is why it’s awakening your fears and stimulating procrastination. You could adopt “Do whatever you’re resisting the most” as a philosophy of life."
    Oliver Burkeman (1975–), British journalist and author
    Source: Help! How To Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (2011)
  • "If you have to eat a frog, don't look at it for too long."
    Mark Twain (18351910), US writer
    Source: Quoted in Eat That Frog (Brian Tracy, 2002)
  • "Hamlet had it wrong: he who hesitates is halfway home."
    Peter Bernstein (19192009), US economist and author
    Source: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk (1998)
  • "She felt weary and careworn, in the way one often does before the big job of work is tackled; that sense of premature or projected exhaustion that is the breeding-ground of all procrastination."
    William Boyd (1952–), British novelist and scriptwriter
    Source: Brazzaville Beach (1990)
  • "A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved."
    J. K. Galbraith (19082006), US economist and diplomat
    Source: A Life in Our Times (1981)
  • "Most executives have learned that what one postpones, one actually abandons … timing is a most important element in the success of any effort. To do five years later what would have been smart to do five years earlier, is almost a sure recipe for frustration and failure."
    Peter F. Drucker (19092005), US management consultant and academic
    Source: The Effective Executive (1967), ch. 5
  • "procrastination is the
    art of keeping
    up with yesterday
    Don Marquis (18781937), US journalist and humorist
    Source: certain maxims of archie (1927)
  • "Make me a beautiful word for doing things tomorrow; for that surely is a great and blessed invention."
    George Bernard Shaw (18561950), Irish writer and critic
    Source: Back to Methuselah (1921)
  • "There is no more miserable human being than the one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision."
    William James (18421910), US psychologist and philosopher
    Source: The Principles of Psychology (1890), ch. 10
  • "No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare."
    Charles Baudelaire (18211867), French poet and critic
    Source: My Heart Laid Bare (1869)
  • "Procrastination is the thief of time."
    Edward Young (16831765), English poet
    Source: The Complaint, or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (1742–1745)
  • "Business neglected is business lost."
    Daniel Defoe (16601731), English novelist and journalist
    Source: The Complete English Tradesman (1726), vol. 1
  • "Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends."
    William Shakespeare (15641616), English poet and playwright
    Source: Henry VI, Part One (1592), Act 3, Scene 3, l. 16
  • "While we're talking, envious time is fleeing: seize the day, put no trust in the future."
    Horace (658 bc), Roman poet and satirist
    Source: Odes (24–23 bc), bk. 1, no. 11, l. 7
  • "The key to productivity is to rotate your avoidance techniques."
    Shannon Wheeler (1966–), US graphic artist and writer
    Source: Too Much Coffee Man comic strip
  • "If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening the axe."
    Abraham Lincoln (18091865), US president
    Source: Attributed
  • "Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week."
    Spanish proverb

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