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Collection of Wise and Humorous Wasting Time Quotes and Sayings

Everyone’s main purpose in life is to live, do great things and fulfill our purpose, not to waste time on worries or anxiousness, get stuck on our failures and losses, or be stuck on someone who brings us down.

Brighten up with these wise and humorous wasting time quotes and sayings that should probably make you overcome procrastination and start slipping into action.

98 Wasting Time Quotes and Sayings

1. “I’m not gonna waste your time, so I wouldn’t expect you to waste my time.” – Terrell Owens

2. “If time is of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” – Benjamin Franklin

3. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” ― Bill Watterson

4. “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ― Jack London

5. “I feel like I’m wasting time if I repeat myself.” – Heath Ledger

6. “Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.” ― Turcois Ominek

7. “You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

8. “No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire today.” – Denis Waitley

9. “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” – Art Buchwald

10. “If I do not waste time, I am wasting my time.” – James Richardson

11. “The future is uncertain, but the end is always near.” – Jim Morrison

12. “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” – Rita Mae Brown

13. “The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.” – Lord Chesterfield

14. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Richard Miller

15. “One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.” – Vincent T. Foss

16. “Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.” – Mason Cooley

17. “When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.” – Anonymous

18. “There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back.” – Tom DeMarco

19. “Don’t fool yourself that important things can be put off until tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all.” – Mignon McLaughlin

20. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off forever.” – P. J. Plauger

21. “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” – William Shakespeare

22. “If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” – Unknown

23. “There’s no good way to waste your time. Wasting time is just wasting time.” –Helen Mirren

24. “The best part about procrastination is that you are never bored because you have all kinds of things that you should be doing.” – Anonymous

25. “Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” – Robert Benchley

26. “Someday is not a day of the week.” – Unknown

27. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain

28. “Hard work pays off later. Laziness pays off now. I’ve always been one for being in the moment.” – Anonymous

29. “Only when the clock stops do time come to life.” – William Faulkner

30. “You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Buxton

31. “After all is said and done, more is said than done.” – Anonymous

32. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

33. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

34. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

35. “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” – Spanish Proverb

36. “I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” – Jerome K. Jerome

37. “Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time.” – E. W. Howe

38. “Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.” – Roberto Clemente

39. “One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all.” – Brian Tracy

40. “The trouble is that you think you have time.” – Jack Kornfield

41. “Nothing says work efficiency like panic mode and it’s a waste of time.” – Don Roff

42. “There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.” – Benjamin Disraeli

43. “Tomorrow is the only day of the year that appeals to a lazy man.” – Jimmy Lyons

44. “Wasting time is robbing oneself.” – Estonian Proverb

45. “When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” – Aiden Wilson Tozer

46. “I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time.” – Dean Kamen

47. “Nothing is as fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James

48. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

49. “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. “Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.” – Victor Hugo

51. “My life hasn’t been perfect, yet I’ve never wasted my time envying anyone else. If something wasn’t the best it could be – I made it better.” – Aleatha Romig

52. “Wasting time with the wrong person is just time wasted.” – Greg Behrendt

53. “What fools call wasting time is most often the best investment?” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

54. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” – Denis Waitley

55. “I never put off until tomorrow what I can do the day after.” – Oscar Wilde

56. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

57. “I love the Internet, and I love wasting time on the Internet – even though it sometimes ends up not being a waste of time.” – Claire Cameron

58. “The longer I live, the more I realize that I am never wrong about anything and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time!” – George Bernard Shaw

59. “No point in wasting time with false vanity when you possess the real thing.” – Alan Bradley

60. “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” – Auguste Rodin

61. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

62. “There’s no reason to waste time trying to prove who you are to people that don’t even know who they are.” – Pastor YPJ

63. “Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better.” – Unknown

64. “Stop wasting time trying to find the perfect person. Instead, invest your time in becoming the best you, and the right person will come along very quickly.” – Charles Orlando

65. “The biggest waste is the waste of time.” – Theophrastus

66. “Doing something you’re not fully committed to is a colossal waste of time.” – Unknown

67. “Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.” – Robert Byrne

68. “Sometimes we waste too much time to think about someone who doesn’t even think about us for a second.” – Wiz Khalifa

69. “If you’re wasting time having fun, you’re not wasting time.” – Tim Ferriss

70. “Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.” – Paulo Coelho

71. “Don’t live in the past. There’s no point. You can’t change anything. What a waste of time.” – Bob Newhart

72. “The biggest mistake you can make in life is to waste your time.” – Jerry Bruckner

73. “Moving on will show you a lot about who you are, what you truly want, and what you have no desire to waste your time on.” –Monterrosa

74. “When you spend time worrying, you’re simply using your imagination to create things you don’t want.” – Shannon L. Alder

75. “The best way to fill time is to waste it.” – Marguerite Duras

76. “Do something instead of killing time because time is killing you.” – Paulo Coelho

77. “Don’t waste your time trying to fix your past because your past is already gone.” – Jeetash Kevlani

78. “I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.” – Victor Borge

79. “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” – Bonnie Prudden

80. “Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.” – Unknown

81. “Stop wasting your time following someone else’s idea of the ideal life.” – Zero Dean

82. “Stop wasting time getting upset at those who criticize your life! It’s always someone who has no idea of the price you paid to get to where you are today.” – Unknown

83. “Stop wasting your time looking for the key to happiness, the door is open and unlocked, just walk through it.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

84. “If everybody knows where everything is kept you can avoid wasting time looking for things.” – Anthea Turner

85. “One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.” – Anonymous

86. “Be picky with who you invest your time in, wasted time is worse than wasted money.” – Unknown

87. “Don’t keep your own schedule – that will eat too much of your time keeping your own schedule. And when you are tired, stop. Because if you are too tired, you become not productive, and you are wasting time.” – Christine Quinn

88. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

89. “When one pays a visit, it is for the purpose of wasting other people’s time, not one’s own.” – Oscar Wilde

90. “Don’t waste your time on revenge. Those who hurt you will eventually face their own karma.” – Matareva Pearl

91. “If you’re wasting your time or your attention, then start investing it wisely.” – Mitch Thrower

92. “Stop wanting someone who doesn’t want you. You’re just wasting your time.” –Unknown

93. “The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

94. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

95. “It’s bad enough wasting time without killing it.” – Norton Juster

96. “We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.” – George Matthew Adams

97. “Do not waste time trying to convince people who have their mind made up.” – Unknown

98. “Decide who you are and what your goals entail – then go for the roses. Life has little regard for those who waste time.” – Jon Huntsman, Sr.


Every hour, every minute, and every tick of the clock is precious, so we must spend it wisely by focusing on the bright side of our lives with positivity and hope in our heart.

As they say, “You only live once,” so you should stop wasting time on your setbacks in life, instead use it as a fuel to strive for success and enjoy every moment as you can’t turn back time.