There’s no time like the present

There’s no time like the present is a proverb that has been in use for many hundreds of years. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram, or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools or figures of speech that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself because these common phrases and popular sayings are so well known. Certain phrases may be a metaphor or a quotation; but if it is a proverb, it is often-used and has a figurative meaning. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never; early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise; an apple a day keeps the doctor away; don’t cry over spilt milk; actions speak louder than words; haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth; and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the proverb there’s no time like the present, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

There’s no time like the present is an exhortation to do something without delay, to tackle a project or problem immediately rather than later. The implication is that delay only makes the project or problem worse or simply puts off the inevitable. The word present, in this case, means at the current time. The phrase there’s no time like the present is an old one; it dates back at least to the 1500s and the meaning has not changed in 500 years of use.

Examples

But now that we’re in the postseason, there’s no time like the present to pretend you know a thing or two about all of the programs you’ll spend your time ignoring your family in order to watch. (Sports Illustrated)

There’s no time like the present for Renée Zellwegerand Ant Anstead, who are said to be making rushed, hushed plans to tie the knot after six months of dating! (OK! Magazine)

With companies across many sectors still grappling with COVID-related material shortages and the world’s transportation networks struggling to keep up with the demand, there’s no time like the present to make your own supply chain more resilient, agile, and crisis-proof. (Global Trade Magazine)

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