Friday, August 21, 2020

Quote of the Day (Ogden Nash, on Procrastination)

“How drear, on a planet with plenty of woes,
That sloth is not slumber or torpor repose;
That the innocent joy of not getting things done
Simmers sulkily down to plain not having fun.
You smile in the morn like a bride in her bridalness
At the thought of a day of nothing but idleness.
By midday you’re slipping, by evening a lunatic,
A perusing-the-newspapers-all-afternoonatic,
Worn to a wraith from the half-hourly jaunt
After glasses of water you didn’t want,
And at last when onto your pallet you creep,
You discover yourself too tired to sleep.”—American poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971), from “Procrastination is All of the Time,” originally published in The New Yorker in 1939, reprinted in Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from “The New Yorker,” edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder (2001)

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