quote by Sigmund Freud

Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification.

— Sigmund Freud

Grateful Postponing quotations

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road.

Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose. Henceforth, I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune. Henceforth, I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing.


Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.

My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, "Just wait."

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition.

The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.


Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

Conservation of national sanitation is Swaraj work and it may not be postponed for a single day on any consideration whatsoever.

Dare to begin! He who postpones living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.

Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death;

and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.

Knowledge knocks on the door of action. If it receives a reply, it stays. Otherwise, it departs.


Part of me knows one more day won't do anything except postpone the heartbreak.

But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.

We have been born once and there can be no second birth.

Fir all eternity we shall no longer be. But you, although you are not master of tomorrow, are postponing your happiness.

Immaturity means self-centeredness, inability to compromise, to rise above hurt feelings, to postpone immediate pleasures in favor of future benefits, or to do unpleasant chores when they need to be done.

Never save the best for later. You don't know what tomorrow holds.

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.


I checked my gear, my pockets, my shoelaces, and realized that I had crossed the line between making sure I was ready and trying to postpone the inevitable.

Jesus went without comfort so that you might have it.

He postponed joy so that you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so that you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow. He had no real fellowship so that fellowship might be yours, this moment. This alone is enough cause for great gratitude!

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?

If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

The best way to deal with procrastination is to postpone it.


Lawyers-they get together all day and say to each other, "What can we postpone next?" The only thing they don't postpone, of course, is their bill, which arrives regularly. You've heard about the man who got the bill from his lawyer which said, "For crossing the street to speak to you and discovering it was not you, twelve dollars."

Postponing happiness until "all your ducks are in order" means never because life is not that clean, fair or predictable. It isn't what happens to you that defines your life, it is what you do with it that does.

Indeed it is better to postpone, lest either we complete too little by hurrying, or wander too long in completing it.

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

I think so long as fossil fuels are cheap, people will use them and it will postpone a movement towards new technologies.


When we postpone the harvest, the fruit rots, but when we postpone our problems, they keep on growing.

Hoping drains your energy. Action creates energy.

Many risks fail because they were not taken in time.

Too many risks are postponed until unnecessarily elaborate preparations are made. This does not mean that one should say, Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! That is foolish and self-destructive. . . . But don't sit back waiting for the perfect moment. It almost never comes.

It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people living empty, purposeless lives; for when you live as if you'll live forever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know that you must do.

Chamberlain's visit to Hitler today may bring things to a head or may result in a temporary postponement of what looks to me likean inevitable conflict within the next five years.


What does the frontal cortex do? Gratification postponement, executive function, long-term planning, and impulse control. Basically, it makes you do the harder thing.

Sometimes it takes a crisis for people to agree that what is obvious and should have been done years ago, can no longer be postponed. We must create a new international financial architecture for the global age.

The dynamics of capitalism is postponement of enjoyment to the constantly postponed future.

The aim is to postpone frailty, postpone degenerative disease, debilitation and so on and thereby shorten the period at the end of life, which is passed in a decrepit or disabled state, while extending life as a whole.