Proverbs in dictionaries tend to be the
goody-good ones. Here is a famous one from three different
Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.None of the dictionaries listed the also-popular "Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow." As the following Google hit counts show, while the goody-good version is more popular, the procastinators' version should not be ignored:
"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." 674Many Web sites attribute the original version to Thomas Jefferson, but according to Barlett's it appeared in a letter by Lord Chesterfield in 1749, when Jefferson was six years old. The opposite version appeared in a poem by William Brighty Rands (Matthew Browne, 1823-1882).
(March 13, 2003)