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[ Also see Haste Idleness Late Leisure Neglect Procrastination Promptness Punctuality Tardiness Time Tomorrow Waiting ]

Some one speaks admirably of "the welt-ripened fruit of sage delay."
      - Honore de Balzac

Delay always heeds danger.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (bk. IV, ch. III)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

It is always those who are ready who suffer in delays.
  [It., Il fornito
    Sempre con danno l'attender sofferse.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (XXVIII, 98)

One man by delay restored the state, for he preferred the public safety to idle report.
  [Lat., Unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem,
    Non ponebat enim rumores ante salutem.]
      - Quintus Ennius, quoted by Cicero

He that riseth late must tread all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Delay is as hateful as it is dangerous.
      - Thomas Holcroft

With sweet, reluctant, amorous delay.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. I, 1), (Pope's translation)

Away with delay; the change of great fortune is short-lived.
  [Lat., Pelle moras; brevis est magni fortuna favoris.]
      - Titus Caius Silius Italicus, Punica
         (IV, 734)

Delay is preferable to error.
      - Thomas Jefferson

When a man's life is at stake no delay is too long.
  [Lat., Nulla unquam de morte cunctatio longa est.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VI, 221)

He who prorogues the honesty of today till to-morrow will probably prorogue his to-morrows to eternity.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The procrastinator is not only indolent and weak, but commonly, false, too; most of the weak are false.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

When the death of a human being may be the consequence, no delay that is afforded is long.
      - Legal Maxim

Do not delay,
  Do not delay: the golden moments fly!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora (pt. VII)

Ah! nothing is too late
  Till the tires heart shall cease to palpitate.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Morituri Salutamus (st. 24)

Away with delay--it always injures those who are prepared.
  [Lat., Tolle moras--semper nocuit differre paratis.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (I, 281)

Meet the disorder in the outset, the medicine may be too late, when the disease has gained ground through delay.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Every delay that postpones our joys, is long.
  [Lat., Longa mora est nobis omnis, quae gaudia differt.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
         (XIX, 3)

Nothing is more annoying than a tardy friend.
  [Lat., Tardo amico nihil est quidquam iniquius.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (III, 1, 1)

He that gives time to resolve gives leisure to deny, and warning to prepare.
      - Francis Quarles

Our greatest actions, or of good or evil,
  The hero's and the murderer's spring at once
    From their conception: O! how many deeds
      Of deathless virtue and immortal crime
        The world had wanted, had the actor said,
          I will do this to-morrow.
      - John Russell (1)

Time drinketh up the essence of every great and noble action, which ought to be performed, and is delayed in the execution.
      - Vishnu Sarma

Every delay is too long to one who is in a hurry.
  [Lat., Omnis nimium longa properanti mora est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

What reason could not avoid, has often been cured by delay.
  [Lat., Quod ratio nequiit, saepe sanavit mora.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

Delay is the greatest remedy for anger.
  [Lat., Maximum remedium est irae mora.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (II, 28)

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