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Too Late

  • I believe that everything has its own season, and each hour its law. If something anticipated arrives too late it finds us numb, wrung out from waiting, and we feel — nothing at all. The best things arrive on time.

  • ... for most of us the space between 'dreaming on things to come' and 'it is too late, it is all over' is too tiny to enter.

  • The truth invariably arrives several years after you need it.

  • Vain favor! coming, like most other favors long deferred and often wished for, too late!

  • It's never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.

  • Five minutes — Zounds! I have been five minutes too late all my lifetime!

  • It must be the ultimate punishment, don't you think, to finally gain wisdom, only to realize that the consequences of your actions are irrevocable?

  • It's only too late if you don't start now.

  • ... now that Fate / Has brought me what so long, I so desired, / It is too late, / I am too tired.

    • Laurence Hope,
    • "To Aziz: Song of Mahomed Akram," Stars of the Desert ()
  • ... for love, or repentance, or amendment, there are no such words as 'too late.'

  • Ah! 'All things come to those who wait' — / ... / They come, but often come too late!

    • Violet Fane,
    • "Tout Vient … Qui Sait Attendre," From Dawn to Noon ()
  • It is always so, every pleasure comes exactly half an hour too late — Life! Life!

  • About the two most cruel words in the English language are too late ...

  • Carve not upon a stone when I go hence, / The praises which remorseful mourners give / To buried wives — a tardy recompense — / But speak them while I live.

  • It's never too late to begin a life or a book.

  • It's better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.

  • Too late! The two saddest words in any tongue.