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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

Happy Be Late for Something Day: Quotes and sayings about being late

When it comes to special occasions, September 5 is not your traditional, run-of-the-mill holiday. It’s Be Late for Something Day! Although the origins of this wacky “holiday” are unknown, you can bet your bottom dollar the “inventor” of this holiday was probably someone who had a problem with punctuality!

For many Americans, there simply is not enough time in the day to get everything done. Between the career and deadlines, the kids and all their activities, church, traffic, the never-ending to-do list at home and various family obligations, chances are pretty good you may run a little behind every so often. While being fashionably late may be acceptable from time-to-time, being habitually late to work, school or for that all-important job interview, can be more than problematic.

While being habitually late is not a recommended trait, Be Late for Something Dayreminds us all to slow down a little and enjoy the things life has to offer. Why not hit the snooze button one extra time this morning and get a couple more minutes of shut-eye? And instead of scarfing down breakfast and scalding your tongue on a hot cup of Joe, why not take a moment or two before your day begins and really enjoy that second cup of coffee? Read the paper, put your feet up and enjoy the peace and quiet before the insanity begins?

Quotes and Sayings About Being Late

  • Better late than never. ~ Proverb

  • Better never than late. ~ George Bernard Shaw

  • Life’s tragedy is that we got old too soon and wise too late. ~ Benjamin Franklin

  • Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. ~ William Shakespeare

  • I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them. ~ E.V. Lucas

  • The individual who is habitually tardy in meeting and appointment will never be respected or successful in life. ~ Wilbur Fisk

  • After all is said and done, there is usually more said than done. ~ Unknown

  • You may delay but time will not. ~ Benjamin Franklin

  • It’s never too late to apologize but sometimes it’s too late to forgive. ~ Antonio Mara

  • It’s never too late to give someone a second chance. ~ Unknown

  • Procrastination is the thief of time. ~ Chinese Proverb

  • When you’re thirsty it’s too late to think about digging a well. ~ Japanese Proverb

  • One starts to get young at sixty and then it’s too late. ~ Pablo Picasso

  • It’s never too late to fall in love. ~ Sandy Wilson

  • Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon

  • I'm going to stop procrastinating - once I get around to it. ~ Unknown

  • One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late. ~ Agatha Christie

  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot

Whether you live by the mantra “better late than never” or “never too late,” whatever you do, just don’t be late for dinner! Today is also National Cheese Pizza Day!


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