Deadline Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old deadline quotes, deadline sayings, and deadline proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Deadlines and things make you creative. Jack White
Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face. Rick Riordan
A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all. Rita Mae Brown
You put deadlines on people you really don't want, because that's how you feel about them. Al Leiter
Meeting external deadlines is much harder than meeting internal ones. On the other hand, internal deadlines sometimes don't feel real, and are therefore easy to evade. James Surowiecki
At some point, you have to sit down and face the page alone. At some point, the final decisions need to be yours. At some point, you have to give yourself deadlines and stick to them. John McNally
Be able to meet any deadline, even if your work is done less well than it would be if you had all the time you would have preferred. Marilyn vos Savant
As you schedule individual tasks, give yourself a cushion. Mark the due date a few days ahead of the actual deadline so you have time to deal with changes or last-minute emergencies. Harvey Mackay
Like all writers, my greatest inspiration, my ultimate muse, is a deadline. Dave Barry
Give yourself a deadline to stop planning and to start taking action. Andy Gilbert
With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it's more a polite suggestion. David Benioff
A journalist is stimulated by a deadline. He writes worse when he has time. Karl Kraus
Deadlines aren't bad. They help you organize your time. They help you set priorities. They make you get going when you might not feel like it. Harvey Mackay
Everything is an experiment until it has a deadline. That gives it a destination, context, and a reason. Brian Eno
Deadlines refine the mind. They remove variables like exotic materials and processes that take too long. The closer the deadline, the more likely you'll start thinking waaay outside the box. Adam Savage
The pathology of setting a deadline to the earliest articulable date essentially guarantees that the schedule will be missed. Tom DeMarco
Meeting the deadlines is not good enough, beating the deadlines is my expectation. Dhirubhai Ambani
Goals aren't enough. You need goals plus deadlines: goals big enough to get excited about and deadline to make you run. One isn't much good without the other, but together they can be tremendous. Ben Feldman
If we didn't have deadlines, we'd stagnate. Walt Disney
The moment you put a deadline on your dream, it becomes a goal. Harsha Bhogle
Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not be dogmas. Ashraf Ghani
Today we often use deadlines—real and imaginary—to imprison ourselves. Arianna Huffington
A harsh reality of newspaper editing is that the deadlines don't allow for the polish that you expect in books or even magazines. Bill Walsh
Empower your dreams with deadlines. H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Deadlines are things that we pass through on the way to finishing. Peter Gabriel
Deadlines comes as a surprise....superb: a new genre, in fact, combining the pleasures of list-making with that of last-minute eaves-dropping. Alberto Manguel
A goal without a deadline is just a dream. Robert Herjavec
Deadlines are meant to be broken. And I just keep breaking them. Sarah McLachlan
Without deadlines and restrictions I just tend to become preoccupied with other things. Val Kilmer
Inspiration is for amateurs. professionals work everyday. Personally the best inspiration is a deadline. Chuck Close
A goal or decision without a deadline has no urgency. It has no real beginning or end. Brian Tracy
There's a lot of reasons why deadline-driven may actually - it's not necessarily a bad thing, it just all it does is it speeds up and makes you a little proactive about decision making. David Allen
Publishing is, by its nature, about deadlines, and deadlines are toxic. Jan Karon
GOALS are dreams with deadlines, and without those deadlines, our dreams are dead in the water. Mark Batterson
Deadlines have a lousy name. Call them live-lines instead. That´s what they are. Seth Godin
I've learned over decades of building that a deadline is a potent tool for problem-solving. Adam Savage
Stress is a choice. Do you buy that? Some people have a hard time with the idea. Yes, bad things happen: The economy sours, our business struggles, the stock market tumbles, jobs are lost, people around us don't follow through, deadlines are missed, projects fail, good people leave. Life is full of these. But still, stress is a choice because whatever the 'trigger event,' we always choose our own response. We choose to react angrily. We choose to stuff our emotions and keep quiet. We choose to worry. Stress is a choice. John G. Miller
A perfect method of adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large. Alyce Cornyn-Selby
There are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic deadlines. Brian Tracy
Deadline' is the story of a young man forced to discover who he is, and what's important in life, during the short span of his senior year in high school. Chris Crutcher
All of the muscles were gone, so that was a real tough time of rebuilding all of that. But you have a deadline, you have an obligation. You've said that you will commit to this part, and I just can't live with myself for not really giving it as much as I can Christian Bale
Everybody knows the power of deadlines - and we all hate them. But their effectiveness is undeniable. David Eagleman
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams
The tighter a deadline is, the more I'm inclined to be perverse and rebellious - I'll start thinking about another, different project, until it becomes the most fantastic thing which I must start immediately. Errollyn Wallen
The difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. Gina Raimondo
Give yourself the freedom to explore the possibility of life without limits. Goals are dreams with deadlines, a means to an end but not the ultimate purpose of life. Glynis Nunn
Empower your dreams with deadlines. H. Jackson Brown
A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. Harvey Mackay
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford
I couldn't imagine, and I don't say this with any pride, but I really couldn't imagine writing without a desperate deadline. Hunter S. Thompson
I couldn't imagine, and I don't say this with any pride, but I really couldn't imagine writing without a desperate deadline. Hunter S. Thompson
The fantasy of doing a task perfectly is common with procrastinators; they set the bar for success very high. Then they are afraid to approach it. As the deadline approaches, they must set the bar lower. John Perry
The danger of having too close deadlines it could lead you to just accept an avenue that's not quite good enough. Judith Weir
A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napoleon Hill
The ultimate inspiration is the deadline Nolan Bushnell
A man on a mission is far different from a drone on a deadline Rheta Grimsley Johnson
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Zig Ziglar