Movie Quote Thursday – Better Late Than Never

Mos Def


Better late than never. How many times have you heard or used that phrase? Immersed in a lifestyle that has me constantly on the go, I find that simple phrase streams from me as though those four words are stuck on a loop.

If you’re a long-time reader, you know that perspective is a key theme with me, so let me lay some of this perspective on you with regards to missing deadlines, showing up fifteen minutes past an appointment, and getting dinner on the table after everybody’s stomachs have been growling: I’m not late, I’m just optimist.

That’s right, I’m optimistic; I think I can balance a too lengthy to-do list; I think I’ll make every light on the way; I think there will be no lines at the grocery store. Okay, I may be delusional, but I always believe everything will come together just right.

You know how they say, “You want something done, give it to someone who’s busy?” Well, I’ll get it done, just sometimes (okay oftentimes) done happens just a tad bit on either side of the fine line between just barely on time, and a just a little bit late.

With that in mind, I hope taking a minute to read this didn’t make you late for something! Here are a few movie quotes on the topic:

“Some days are two sizes too small.” Aaron Eckhart in The Rum Diary

“Deadlines –– I love the sound as they go whooshing by.” Chris Messina in Julie & Julia

“Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.” Mos Def in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“I would rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.” Lou Jacobi in I.Q.