Procrastination Quotes

Procrastination Quotes by Robert Benchley, Sophie Swetchine, Peter Drucker, James Surowiecki, Ellen DeGeneres, Edward Young and many others.

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed be doing at that moment.
There is, by God‘s grace, an immeasurable distance between late and too late.
Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.
I think there is clearly a connection between free time and procrastination. The more you have of the former, all things being equal, the more likely you are to procrastinate.
All we have is here and now. That’s why procrastination feels so right. Procrastination isn’t the problem, it’s the solution.
Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fools reform and mortal men lay hold on heaven.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
Academics, who work for long periods in a self-directed fashion, may be especially prone to putting things off: surveys suggest that the vast majority of college students procrastinate, and articles in the literature of procrastination often allude to the author‘s own problems with finishing the piece.
Procrastination is probably my worst habit out of many. Especially when it comes to paperwork.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.
I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.
Today’s greatest labor-saving device is tomorrow.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Addiction, self-sabotage, procrastination, laziness, rage, chronic fatigue, and depression are all ways that we withhold our full participation in the program of life we are offered. When the conscious mind cannot find a reason to say no, the unconscious says no in its own way.
Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.
Alyce Cornyn-Selby
I like movies. I’ve written screenplays as a sort of procrastination thing for me. Like I’ll work for a couple months on this idea that’s been kicking around and then like 30 pages in I’ll just go try a novel because it’s a lot easier. That’s what I know. So why am I killing myself?
Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.
Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities.
Be wise today; ‘tis madness to defer. Next day the fatal precedent will plead; thus on, til wisdom is pushed our of life.
Procrastination is your body telling you you need to back off a bit and think more about what you are doing.
A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.
One of the most serious human defects in all ages is procrastination, an unwillingness to accept personal responsibilities now.
Imagination only comes when you privilege the subconscious, when you make delay and procrastination work for you.
Procrastination doesn’t work for everything. For instance, waiting to buy plane tickets at the last minute will typically end up costing you more.
The cost of procrastination is generally far greater than the cost of making mistakes.
A good procrastination should feel like you‘re inserting lots and lots of commas into the sentence of your life.
Procrastinate strategically… Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity but it can be a valuable resource for creativity.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Our good purposes foreslowed are become our tormentors upon our deathbed.
Does research get in the way of the story? It certainly can. Anything can, given that as writers we’re all geniuses at procrastination. But mostly research teaches me about the world. Which often shows me the way, in terms of the story.
Procrastination-thou wretched thief of time and opportunity!
Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether.
I’m a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating. –Ella Varner
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
The procrastinator is not only indolent and weak, but commonly, false, too; most of the weak are false.
It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
The interesting thing about overthinking and procrastination is sometimes they can actually evolve into innovation and creativity in the short term. Letting an idea grow in your mind in the short term with a deadline and a plan can actually lead to innovation and creativity.
If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.
Procrastination can be driven from your personality through the simple technique of constantly commanding yourself to get into action . . . and then obeying that command immediately.
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
Procrastination is hardly more evil than grasping impatience.
Such is our impatience, such our hatred of procrastination, to everything but the amendment of our practices and the adornment of our nature, one would imagine we were dragging Time along by force, and not he us.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.
The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.
Every thing in human character goes to wreck, under the reign of procrastination, while prompt action gives to all things a corresponding and proportional life and energy.
Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he knew enough to write them well. Well, he would not have to fail at trying to write them either. Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting. Well he would never know, now.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
The interesting thing about procrastination is that is has more to do with what we fail to do than with what we do.
Prudence is not hesitation, procrastination, or moderation. It is not driving in the middle of the road. It is not the way of ambivalence, indecision, or safety.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Reluctance to begin is quick to befriend procrastination. . . .
Procrastination is the kidnapper of souls and the recruiting-officer of hell.
Edward Irving
The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Photo of boy with white dirt on his faceYou may be on the right track, but if you just sit there you’ll get run over.
I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
I’m going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!
My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, “Just wait.”
One thing that’s good about procrastination is that you always have something planned for tomorrow.
Gladys Bronwyn Stern
Yesterday is a cancelled check;
Tomorrow is a promissory note;
Today is the only cash you have,
so spend it wisely.
Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible.
of all the follies that we can commit, the greatest is to hesitate.
I don’t think of it as procrastination. I think of it as allowing my work to accumulate urgency.
Maud Newton
The time to begin most things is ten years ago.
I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
I have an advanced degree in procrastination and another one in paranoia.
No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire today.
Fear stops a lot of people. Fear of failure, of the unknown, of risk.
And it masks itself as procrastination.
Lisa Anderson
Procrastination most often arises from a sense that there is too much to do, and hence no single aspect of the to-do worth doing. . . . Underneath this rather antic form of action-as-inaction is the much more unsettling question whether anything is worth doing at all.
Do not say, ‘When I have leisure, I will study,’ because you may never have leisure.
I’ve never been a fan of pretense or procrastination. After all, our state is defined by its independent, outspoken spirit.
The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.
The start is what stops most people.
Procrastination also can be a way of self-handicapping: if you don’t do a great job, you can always say to yourself, “If I’d only started sooner, I’d have been able to produce something excellent.”
The problem with tomorrow is that I have never seen a tomorrow. Tomorrow does not exist. Tomorrow only exist in the mind of dreamers and losers.
We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.
One of the problems that exacerbates procrastination is the feeling that you have lots of different things to do and no clear sense of which matter more, when they should be done, etc.
The world is full of educated derelicts.
It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the master work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.
If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.
He who hesitates is a damned fool.
There’s nothing wrong with procrastination. Or is there? I’ll leave it to you to decide, but only if you have the time.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
During a very busy life I have often been asked, “How did you manage to do it all?” The answer is very simple. It is because I did everything promptly.
Richard Tangye
Most procrastination is largely indecision. Someone has said that “hell is just truth seen too late.”
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.
The man who procrastinates struggles with ruin.
Festination may prove Precipitation;
Deliberating delay may be wise cunctation.
Deliberando saepe perit occasio [The opportunity often slips away while we deliberate on it].
Distraction and procrastination come in a variety of flavors… when I’m distracted and I walk over and stare out the window, it’s a very different experience than when I feed the distraction by cramming in a few emails or make a phone call.
I have a problem with procrastination. I have a great deal of difficulty deciding what to wear. It’s a woman thing.
Procrastination is a common reaction to feeling overwhelmed or fear of failure. Instead of taking on too much at once and overwhelming yourself, break things down and take one small action step at a time.
Tomorrow, the busiest day of the week. I’m a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating.
Procrastination: as endemic to and dreaded by writers as writers’ block.
At thirty, man suspects himself a fool; Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today.
We need to give thought, but we also need to take action. You need to dream without just being a dreamer.
Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination.
I think a lot of the basis of the open source movement comes from procrastinating students.
Andrew Tridgell
The most life destroying word of all is the word tomorrow.
One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we’re idling in front of our computer screens.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
The minimum I need is six months to allow for dithering, procrastination and the research. The research times varies from book to book; some are faster because they’re based off resources I have at my disposal.
Vagueness and procrastination are ever a comfort to the frail in spirit.
The momentum of continuous action fuels motivation, while procrastination kills motivation.
Clear, written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor.
Winding up unfinished business with another person can give you a great burst of positive energy.
How do you gag the voice in your head that says, ‘You don’t have to [do it] today. There’s always tomorrow.’?
Those who are late will be punished by life itself.
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
Resisting a task is usually a sign that it’s meaningful-which is why it’s awakening your fears and stimulating procrastination. You could adopt “Do whatever you’re resisting the most” as a philosophy of life.
Procrastination is another form of resistance
If you do not act on a suggestion at first, you grow dull to its message.
We went to lunch and were talking about procrastination and the waitress overheard us and she said, ‘I have a problem with procrastination, too.’ I said ‘Really?… Get my sandwich.’
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
Begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.
Copyright: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Limited Partnership.
How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.
In the conduct of almost every affair slowness and procrastination are hateful
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Procrastination is the seed of self destruction.
Matthew Burton
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
The surest way to be late is to have plenty of time
Leo Kennedy
Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of not trying in the first place.
Procrastination in the beginning and precipitation towards the conclusion is the characteristic of such bodies.
If the world is a progressively realized community of interpretation, then either quadruplictity will drink procrastination or, provided that the nothing negates, boredom will ensue seldom more often than frequently.
I manage my time by prioritizing tasks, working smarter not harder, and by avoiding procrastination.
My favorite method of procrastination is to do something else that needs doing, but not quite so imminently. Sleeping is also good, as is drinking until you really can’t do anything very well anymore.
Faith in to-morrow, instead of Christ, is Satan‘s nurse for man’s perdition.
George Barrell Cheever
Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials.
If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.
There is no dallying with God .
When it comes to procrastination and overthinking, we have to overcome our self-doubt.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.
For me genius is ‘1% inspiration and 99% procrastination.’
Delay not till tomorrow to be wise; tomorrow’s sun to thee may neve rise.
The best cure for procrastination is to have so much on your plate that procrastination is no longer an option.
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
Few understand that procrastination is our natural defense, letting things take care of themselves and exercise their antifragility.
Procrastination is a lazy man’s apology.
I write at a standing desk, which has helped me be much more productive and solved some back problems, but mostly all my quirky habits have to do with procrastination and avoidance rather than with work. I’m slowly trying to stamp those out.
The obvious danger is that in some situations [denial] can lead to procrastination in seeking help or to avoidance of action that might prevent harm.
Shlomo Breznitz
Is not he imprudent, who, seeing the tide making haste towards him apace, will sleep till the sea overwhelms him?
Do not procrastinate. Someone has said that procrastination is the thief of time. Actually, procrastination is much more. It is the thief of our self-respect. It nags at us and spoils our fun. It deprives us of the fullest realization of our ambitions and hopes.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late.
There is sometimes only a very fine line between deliberation and procrastination.
Paul Allen Walker
For me, most of the anxiety and difficulty of writing takes place in the act of not writing. It’s the procrastination, the thinking about writing that’s difficult.
One of greatest thieves this world has is procrastination, and he is still at large. Are we aiding and abetting the criminal?
When you say, “Wait a moment,” you are bound by your karma; when you say “Yes I will,” you are free.
I’ve been looking over the list of spring chores I made up last fall, and darned if they aren’t fall chores, after all.
Procrastination is the thief of time: Year after year it steals, till all are fled.
Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.
Alyce Cornyn-Selby
‘Never put off tomorrow what you can do today.’ Under the influence of this pestilent morality, I am forever letting tomorrow’s work slop into today’s and doing painfully and nervously today what I could do quickly and easily tomorrow.
Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.
the obligation to express gratitude deepens with procrastination. The longer you wait, the more effusive must be the thanks.
Your problems is that you think you have time.
By the streets of ‘by and by,’ one arrives at the house of ‘never’.
One can never change the future by waiting ’till tomorrow.
Addictive behavior is kind of the inverse of procrastination: procrastination is about not being able to do what you want to do, addiction about not being able to not do what you don’t want to do (drink, use drugs, etc.)
The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.
Procrastination isn’t the problem. It’s the solution. It’s the universe‘s way of saying stop, slow down, you move too fast.
I do think that procrastination evolved in humans for good reasons. If you’re trying to stay alive as a human being on the savanna 20,000 years ago, worrying about what’s right behind that bush is a lot more important than worrying about what might happen three weeks from now.
Someday is not a day of the week.
Janet Dailey
I swing between procrastination and being really thorough so either way things aren’t getting done quickly.
Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Procrastination is a sign of a perfectionist.
Did I become court composer through masterful procrastination? Hardly!
All things come to those who wait.
Procrastination is a deadly weapon of human progress.
The first is based in fear, the second in fearlessness.
By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there’s no more future left for them.
He who puts off nothing till tomorrow has done a great deal.
Procrastination is the thief of time.
Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.
The assumption of time is one of humanity‘s greatest follies. We tell ourselves that there’s always tomorrow, when we can no more predict tomorrow than we can the weather. Procrastination is the thief of dreams.
Momentum is a fragile force. Its worst enemy: procrastination. Its best friend: a deadline (think Election Day). Implication no. 1 (and there is no no. 2): Get to work! NOW!
Procrastination is in my genetic code.
This is a pie chart about procrastination.
All delay is helpful, but it does produce wisdom.
To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you’re dead.
You must not procrastinate. Rather, you should make preparations so that even if you did die tonight, you would have no regrets. If you develop an appreciation for the uncertainty and imminence of death, your sense of the importance of using your time wisely will get stronger and stronger.
Don’t let your want for perfection become procrastination
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
Dare to begin! He who postpones living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
Indulge in procrastination, and in time yon will come to this, that because a thing ought to be done, therefore you can’t do it.
The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind -jump in.
The best thing you can do is follow your dreams
Giving up on our long-term goals for immediate gratification, my friends, is procrastination.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
Pay now, play later; play now, pay later.
Nothing is more burdensome than an unfinished task.
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
Procrastination comes in two types. Some of us procrastinate in order to pursue restful activitiesspending time in bed, watching TV – while others delay difficult or unpleasant tasks in favor of those that are more fun.
Do not call procrastination laziness.В Call it fear.
Everyone who is taken by death asks for more time, while everyone who still has time makes excuses for procrastination.
Your ‘frog‘ should be the most difficult item on your things-to-do list, the one where you’re most likely to procrastinate; because, if you eat that first, it’ll give you energy and momentum for the rest of the day.
While we are postponing, life speeds by.
Space we can recover; time never.
Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded.
There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.
There’s a rumour that we actually make all our albums in the last six months before they’re released and the rest of it is procrastination.
If you have a 2 or 3 year old who is not talking, you must start an early intervention program. The worst thing you can do with an autistic 3 year old is to do nothing.
Deliberando saepe perit occasio
If and perhaps…. The language of procrastination and uncertainty. That’s just people looking to justify their own lack of action.
Remember, it’s more mentally tiring to think about what has to be done, and all the things that might go wrong, than it is to physically do the job.
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
Any time we have projects that we haven‘t begun or completed, they drain energy.
To procrastinate seems inherent in man, for if you do to-day that you may enjoy to-morrow it is but deferring the enjoyment; so that to be idle or industrious, vicious or virtuous, is but with a view of procrastinating the one or the other.
Later is always my first choice.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started
In putting off what one has to do, one runs the risk of never being able to do it.
Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.
We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?
I, for one, find writing excruciating. Some mornings, as I’m on my way to my desk, my hands actually tremble with fear. The fear, of course, is that I’ll sit down at the desk and discover that what I’ve written is claptrap. Fear inevitably leads to procrastination.
Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live.
Procrastination is assassination on the amazing future God has for you.
My constant battle is putting aside time wasters, and I have to watch out for procrastination. Staying on the path of something you’re trying to create has much to do with having confidence in yourself and in your capacity to realize the things you want out of life.
Procrastination is
the fear of success.
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.
If you want to be certain, you should never get married. You should never change jobs. In fact, you might as well just stay home. Because I don’t know anybody who is certain. That need to be certain is just procrastination.
Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.
Purple Plumeria’ I dithered over for months and then wrote the whole thing between the beginning of July and end of August. The dithering and procrastination time was three times the writing times.
Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the “someday I’ll” philosophy.
Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps.
When the time is right, you just got to do it.
J. R. Simplot
Perfectionism and procrastination have such a fine line. You say, ‘Well, I want it to be good. I want it to be perfect.’ But what you’re really doing is not doing your work. You’re putting off showing up and being visible because then you’re going to be judged, and it might suck.
Don’t fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all
Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
Procrastination is something you do yourself. You know: “I gotta sharpen these pencils before I start. I got 20 pencils, they’re looking kinda dull.” Well, the pencils aren’t calling you and alluring you and inviting you and offering you anything. They’re just sitting there. You’re the one who’s procrastinating.
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.
Jimmy Lyons
If you have newspapers dating to the last millennium, magazines from the Seventies stacked on your nightstand, and countless envelopes filled with family photos stuffed in a drawer, you may be carrying procrastination to an extreme.
Marilyn Sokol
Don’t wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations.
Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs.
If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem… break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.
Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.
How comfortable some of us become as we nestle in the web of procrastination. It is a false haven of rest for those who are content to live without purpose, commitment, or self-discipline.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off forever.
Delay leads impotent and snail-paced beggary.
Don’t let perfection become procrastination . Do it now.
Postpone not your life.
Nothing was ever done so systematically as nothing is being done now.
Hoping drains your energy. Action creates energy.
Tear thyself from delay.
My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ’til a more convenient season.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
Copyright: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Limited Partnership.
That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it.
One element of maturity is the realization that we don’t get away with anything. Any advantage gained or convenience taken, any private procrastination or insincerity, no matter how subtle or quick in passing, is paid for.
Once a job it has begun, do not stop until it’s done. Whether it is big or small, do it well or not all.
Lost time is never found again.
No age or time of life, no position or circumstance, has a monopoly on success. Any age is the right age to start doing!
Ralph W. Gerard
If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.
We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words ‘Too Late’.