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A Dictionary of New Epigrams


Apathy is a lack of motivation, a not caring about what is happening, and therefore not having a reason to do anything.

Apathy and inaction soon lead to despondency, then despair, then depression.

When apathy is approaching it’s time to start running, or at least walking away.

You can conquer apathy with artificial enthusiasm, but only use it briefly and sparingly to get going into real enthusiasm.

If you act with apathy and with the suspicion that you will fail, you will rarely be wrong.

One of the qualities of war is that it drives people out of their apathy; at least in fear, there is potential for action.

Think about a problem long enough to get a workable solution, then get to work on it, and improve the final product after completing a working model.

To put off something until tomorrow is to put it off forever, because tomorrow never comes, it’s always today.

You never get anywhere standing still.

The two great mistakes of working are not starting and not finishing.

If you want to prevent a competitor from moving forward, show him all the difficulties and get him to talk about them in detail. That will destroy a little mind and make a great one greater.

The inevitable success of procrastination is to accomplish nothing, and thus to guarantee ruin.

To talk with a procrastinator is to talk with a failure in training.

If you spend half your time in procrastinating you will spend the other half in regrets.

Procrastination is the coward’s outward manifestation of an inner fear of failure.

People prefer apathy, procrastination, and inaction, because that absolves them of responsibility. They only perform when it is their job.

To do nothing is a common first choice.

It is more fun making mistakes doing something than making mistakes doing nothing.