Delay Sayings and Quotes

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

Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.     

William Shakespeare

You made delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.     

Benjamin Franklin

Delay is hateful, but it gives wisdom.     

Publilius Syrus

Being willing to delay pleasure for a greater result is a sign of maturity.     

Dave Ramsey

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.     


Delay is the deadliest form of denial.     

C. Northcote Parkinson

Delay is a bitter tonic, but it increases appetite.     

Austin O'Malley

Delay in vengeance gives a heavier blow.     

John Ford

Delay is ever fatal to those who are prepared.     


When it comes to success, it will come when it comes. A delay does not mean a denial.     

Les Brown

If there is a way to delay an important decision, the good bureaucracy, public or private, will find it.     

C. Northcote Parkinson

Delay is the enemy of progress.     

Eliot Spitzer

Delay always heeds danger.     

Miguel de Cervantes

That delay is our surest protection which enables us to deliberate on the merits of our intentions     

Publilius Syrus

Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.     

Aaron Burr

Delay is not a help-mate. The cemetary is full of people who thought they could DO IT tomorrow. Do It Now!     

Israelmore Ayivor

The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.     

Walter Benjamin

Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety.     

Tryon Edwards

Life goes by rapidly. Don't delay. Don't put it off. Don't wait until you have some spare time. Don't wait until the time's 'right'.     

Ken Keyes Jr.

Delayed gratification is the one thing we ignore these days. And if you delay it, it becomes more pleasurable later in life.     

Greg Gutfeld

The longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?     

Richard Baxter

Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Relent not in thy effort to do, when you have to do; for in delay lies mediocrity and in giving up lies perishing; but when the grounds are not ready for landing, hover purposefully.     

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

You should not delay the good things in life. Just do them. Whenever you get a chance to do spiritual practice or seva, don't miss it. Those are the real precious moments of your life.     

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed.     

James E. Faust

The universe likes speed. Don't delay. Don't second guess. Don't doubt. When the opportunity is there, when the impulse is there, when the intuitive nudge from within is there, act. That's your job. That's all you have to do.     

Joe Vitale

Delay is natural to a writer. He is like a surfer-he bides his time, waits for the perfect wave on which to ride in. Delay is instinctive with him. He waits for the surge (of emotion? of strength? of courage?) that will carry him along.     

E. B. White

To delay is injustice.     

Jean De La Bruyere

Delay is preferable to error.     

Thomas Jefferson

There is no avoidance in delay.     


All delays are dangerous in war.     

John Dryden

You can delay but you can't deny.     

Tyron Woodley

One day's delay is another day's lack of progress.     

Stuart Bowen

Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.     


In a service situation, each delay can mean many unsatisfied customers, each one telling many more.     

Ron Kaufman

If you act anxiously to hasten your results, you delay their arrival. Calm poise reveals the shortest route home.     

Alan Cohen

The hour of reformation is always delayed; every delay gives vice another opportunity of fortifying itself by habit.     

Samuel Johnson

A tragedy can never suffer by delay: a comedy may, because the allusions or the manners represented in it maybe temporary.     

Horace Walpole

The longer incompetent people delay in doing what they`re doing, we`re always better off whenever incompetent people are delaying what they`re going to do.     

Lawrence O'Donnell

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.     

Brian Tracy

The scriptures make the danger of delay clear. It is that we may discover that we have run out of time. The God who gives us each day as a treasure will require an accounting.     

Henry B. Eyring

You must dare to disassociate yourself from those who would delay your journey... Leave, depart, if not physically, then mentally. Go your own way, quietly, undramatically, and venture toward Trueness at last.     

Vernon Howard

Just as an individual's ability to delay gratification at a young age is a powerful predictor of future academic and professional achievement, discipline is also central to the long-run economic health of nations.     

Peter Blair Henry