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

Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (Reignier at III, ii)

I have learned that fearful commenting
  Is leaden servitor to dull delay;
    Delay leads impotent and snail-paced beggary.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at IV, iii)

Lingering labors come to naught.
      - Robert Southwell

Shun delays, they breed remorse;
  Take thy time, while time is lent thee;
    Creeping snail's have weakest force;
      Fly their fault, lest thou repent thee;
        Good is best when soonest wrought,
          Ling'ring labours come to naught.
            Hoist tip sail while gale doth last,
              Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure;
                Seek not time, when time is past,
                  Sober speed is wisdom's leisure,
                    After-wits are dearly bought,
                      Let thy fore-wit guide thy thought.
      - Robert Southwell

Your gift is princely, but it comes too late,
  And falls like sunbeams on a blasted blossom.
      - Sir John Suckling

Late, late, so late! but we can enter still.
  Too late, too late! ye cannot enter now.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Guinevere (l. 169)

And Mecca saddens at the long delay.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 979)

Like St. George, always in his saddle, never on his way.
      - Clement Walker,
        History of Independency--The Mysterie of the Two Juntos

Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer;
  Next day the fatal precedent will plead
    Thus on, till wisdom is push'd out of life.
      - Edward Young


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