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1266963.  Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:41 pm Reply with quote

I'll see if I can find out something about this later.


1266980.  Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:46 pm Reply with quote


1266984.  Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:57 pm Reply with quote

"Procrastination is the thief of time".

This was often repeated to me when I was a child, as though it were a wise saying. I could never understand why, as it simply seemed to be saying "wasting time wastes time". The Phrase Finder site says it comes from a 1742 poem by Edward Young, known as "Night-Thoughts":

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.
Procrastination is the thief of time;
Year after year it steals, till all are fled,
And to the mercies of a moment leaves
The vast concerns of an eternal scene.

I suppose it could be taken to mean "the more you put something off, the more you're inclined to put it off further"; but how is the phrase generally understood?

1266991.  Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:21 pm Reply with quote

I think I would understand that as meaning that if you put off doing something you have to do, you're inclined to waste the time you would otherwise spend doing it.

1267016.  Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:33 pm Reply with quote

Anti-Procrastination Song.

Alexander Howard
1267023.  Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:28 pm Reply with quote

But you can't beat Griff Rhys Jones as Stanley Rogers pitching a score for a film:
(stage version).


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