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Never Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

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Never Put Off Until Tomorrow Definition

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

  • It’s always better to accomplish a task or chore sooner rather than later.
  • One should not procrastinate

Never Put Off Until Tomorrow Examples

  • Jimmy said his book report isn’t due till next Friday. But I told him Never to hold off till another day, what can be done today.
  • Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today. It’s been great weather to start a garden, true. But growing season will be over before you know it.

Quotes

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

Mark Twain

Never put off until tomorrow that which may be avoided entirely.

Bill Mckean

Never Put Off Until Tomorrow Origin

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield 1749

The earliest example of our proverb appears to be coined by the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope. Philip was a high ranking English noble, raised mostly by his grandmother, the Marchioness of Halifax. After only a year of study at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, the Earl left to finish his education, touring the continent, and its various cultures. He quickly returned to England upon learning of the death of Queen Anne and the ascension of King George I. This opened up opportunities for Philip, and he secured a position as courtier to the king.

While he was an accomplished writer, he is still mostly remembered by a collection of letters he sent to his son (also Philip Stanhope), published as Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman. This collection is where our proverb is found. The letters were collected over the course of thirty years and were written in English, French and Latin to help his son learn these important languages of the time.