100+ Procrastination Quotes That Will Help You Get Started in 2021

If you want to procrastinate, then procrastinate on these quotes.

Hopefully they’ll help you get motivated to take action on achieving your goals, getting work done, or exercising.

Truth is, everyone procrastinates from time to time and we know this because some of these procrastination quotes are by some of the most successful people that ever lived, (or still living today).

If you find yourself procrastinating all too often, give these quotes a read to help yourself get started with whatever you’re putting off.

I hope you enojy!

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100+ Quotes on Procrastination

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Stop talking. Start walking.” – L.M. Heroux

“Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.” – Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

“It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the master work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.” – Paulo Coelho

“Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.” – Quintillain

“A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large.” – Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

“One of these days, is none of these days.” – Proverb

“Delay not to seize the hour!” – Aeschylus

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

“Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.” – Victor Kiam

“While we are postponing, life speeds by.” – Seneca

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

“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

“Lingering labors come to naught.” – Robert Southwell

“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.” – Ida Scott Taylor

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James

“Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.” – Miguel De Cervantes

“The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.” – Alexandre Graham Bell

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

“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.” – Author Unknown

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“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

“We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

“Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.” – Harry A. Hopf

“Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.” – Ida Scott Taylor

“By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there’s no more future left for them.” – Robert L’Estrange

“Do not put your work off till to-morrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always at hand-grips with ruin.” – Hesiod, in “Works and Days” (circa 700 BCE)

“How soon not now, becomes never. ” – Martin Luther

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck

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

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” – C. Northcote Parkinson

“Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.” – Author Unknown

“Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Edward Young

“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

“If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance.” – Susan Del Gatto

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” – Victor Kiam

“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

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

“There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.””” – David Lloyd George”

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

“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

“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

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo

“Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“This one makes a net, this one stands and wishes. Would you like to make a bet which one gets the fishes.” – Chinese Rhyme

“The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.” – Rita Emmett

“The opportunity often slips away while we deliberate on it.” – Publilius Syrus

“Procrastination has been called a thief—the thief of time. I wish it were no worse than a thief. It is a murderer; and that which it kills is not time merely, but the immortal soul.” – William Nevins

“Time wasted is existence; used is life.” – Edward Young

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

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

“Avoid delays: procrastination always does harm.” – Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus)

“No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare.” – Charles Baudelaire

“There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back.” – Tom DeMarco

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

“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

“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

“If you believe you can accomplish everything by cramming” at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining.”” – Max Brooks

“Indecisiveness and procrastination are the chosen ways of life for most people. They follow the course of least resistance, which is to do nothing. This provides a security blanket of never being wrong, never making mistakes, never being disappointed and never failing. But they will also never succeed.” – David Peoples

“Procrastination is the seed of self-destruction.” – Matthew Burton

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

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“Yesterday is a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.” -Kim Lyons.

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

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck

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

“A primary reason people don’t do new things is because they want to do them perfectly – first time. It’s completely irrational, impractical, not workable – and yet, it’s how most people run their lives. It’s called The Perfection Syndrome.” – John-Roger and Peter McWlliams

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” – David Allen

“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” – Mason Cooley

“There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.” – David Lloyd George

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

“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 responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the someday I’ll” philosophy”.” – Denis Waitley

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“All things come to those who wait, but when they come they’re out of date.” – Anonymous

“The search for the perfect venture can turn into procrastination. Your idea may or may not have merit. The key is to get started.” – Unknown

“Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.” -Byron Pulsifer

“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

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” – C. Northcote Parkinson

“Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.” – German Proverb

“He who hesitates is a damned fool.” – Mae West

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

“In delay there lies no plenty.” – William Shakespeare

“He who awaits much can expect little.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“The follies which a man regrets most, in his life, are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.” – Helen Rowland

“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!” -Donald Gardner

“Procrastination is the kidnapper of souls and the recruiting-officer of hell.” – Edward Irving

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

“We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.” – Erica Jong

“The best way to get something done is to begin.” – Author Unknown

“Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.” – Harry A. Hopf

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today.” – Wayne Dyer

“Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” -William Arthur Ward

“If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.” – Proverb

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.” – Martin Luther

“Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing so futile.” – Bertrand Russell

“The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform. It is true, that no diligence can ascertain success; death may intercept the swiftest career; but he who is cut off in the execution of an honest undertaking has at least the honour of falling in his rank, and has fought the battle, though he missed the victory.” – Samuel Johnson

“A task left undone remains undone in two places” – at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience.” – Brahma Kumaris

“Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.” – Source unknown

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

“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” – Author Unknown

“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Steve Allen

Steve is a self-proclaimed writer and the founder of Grand Habit. A blog where he shares practical advice on self-awareness, personal transformation, solopreneurship, and productivity.

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