Deadline Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old deadline quotes, deadline sayings, and deadline proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Deadlines and things make you creative.     

Jack White

Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.     

Rick Riordan

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.     

Rita Mae Brown

You put deadlines on people you really don't want, because that's how you feel about them.     

Al Leiter

Meeting external deadlines is much harder than meeting internal ones. On the other hand, internal deadlines sometimes don't feel real, and are therefore easy to evade.     

James Surowiecki

At some point, you have to sit down and face the page alone. At some point, the final decisions need to be yours. At some point, you have to give yourself deadlines and stick to them.     

John McNally

Be able to meet any deadline, even if your work is done less well than it would be if you had all the time you would have preferred.     

Marilyn vos Savant

As you schedule individual tasks, give yourself a cushion. Mark the due date a few days ahead of the actual deadline so you have time to deal with changes or last-minute emergencies.     

Harvey Mackay

Like all writers, my greatest inspiration, my ultimate muse, is a deadline.     

Dave Barry

Give yourself a deadline to stop planning and to start taking action.     

Andy Gilbert

With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it's more a polite suggestion.     

David Benioff

A journalist is stimulated by a deadline. He writes worse when he has time.     

Karl Kraus

Deadlines aren't bad. They help you organize your time. They help you set priorities. They make you get going when you might not feel like it.     

Harvey Mackay

Everything is an experiment until it has a deadline. That gives it a destination, context, and a reason.     

Brian Eno

Deadlines refine the mind. They remove variables like exotic materials and processes that take too long. The closer the deadline, the more likely you'll start thinking waaay outside the box.     

Adam Savage

The pathology of setting a deadline to the earliest articulable date essentially guarantees that the schedule will be missed.     

Tom DeMarco

Meeting the deadlines is not good enough, beating the deadlines is my expectation.     

Dhirubhai Ambani

Goals aren't enough. You need goals plus deadlines: goals big enough to get excited about and deadline to make you run. One isn't much good without the other, but together they can be tremendous.     

Ben Feldman

If we didn't have deadlines, we'd stagnate.     

Walt Disney

The moment you put a deadline on your dream, it becomes a goal.     

Harsha Bhogle

Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not be dogmas.     

Ashraf Ghani

Today we often use deadlines—real and imaginary—to imprison ourselves.     

Arianna Huffington

A harsh reality of newspaper editing is that the deadlines don't allow for the polish that you expect in books or even magazines.     

Bill Walsh

Empower your dreams with deadlines.     

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Deadlines are things that we pass through on the way to finishing.     

Peter Gabriel

Deadlines comes as a surprise....superb: a new genre, in fact, combining the pleasures of list-making with that of last-minute eaves-dropping.     

Alberto Manguel

A goal without a deadline is just a dream.     

Robert Herjavec

Deadlines are meant to be broken. And I just keep breaking them.     

Sarah McLachlan

Without deadlines and restrictions I just tend to become preoccupied with other things.     

Val Kilmer

Inspiration is for amateurs. professionals work everyday. Personally the best inspiration is a deadline.     

Chuck Close

A goal or decision without a deadline has no urgency. It has no real beginning or end.     

Brian Tracy

There's a lot of reasons why deadline-driven may actually - it's not necessarily a bad thing, it just all it does is it speeds up and makes you a little proactive about decision making.     

David Allen

Publishing is, by its nature, about deadlines, and deadlines are toxic.     

Jan Karon

GOALS are dreams with deadlines, and without those deadlines, our dreams are dead in the water.     

Mark Batterson

Deadlines have a lousy name. Call them live-lines instead. That´s what they are.     

Seth Godin

I've learned over decades of building that a deadline is a potent tool for problem-solving.     

Adam Savage