Top 88 Deadline Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Deadline Quotes from famous people such as Harvey Mackay, David Benioff, Christopher Hitchens, Joe Shuster, Marilyn vos Savant, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Good intentions aren't enough. People have good intenti

Good intentions aren’t enough. People have good intentions when they set a goal to do something, but then they miss a deadline or other milestone.
Harvey Mackay
With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it’s more a polite suggestion.
David Benioff
I could not do what I do, and teach a class, and never miss a deadline, never be late for anything if I was a lush, OK? I would really love to read a piece that said, ‘He is not a lush.’ That would be fabulous, it would be a first, I could show it to people and say, ‘Look!’
Christopher Hitchens
Jerry often says that Slam Bradley was really the forerunner of Superman, because we turned it out with no restrictions, complete freedom to do what we wanted; the only problem was that we had a deadline.
Joe Shuster
Be able to meet any deadline, even if your work is done less well than it would be if you had all the time you would have preferred.
Marilyn vos Savant
If I’m right in the middle of a deadline, I’m up really early.
Marilu Henner
Cooking involves a deadline and hungry people and ingredients that expire in a week. It’s stressful. Cooking happens on the stove and on the clock. Baking happens with ingredients that last for months and come to life inside a warm oven. Baking is slow and leisurely.
Regina Brett
Because of the nature of monthly comics and deadline, I pretty much have to work on whatever’s on fire, I’m afraid.
Kelly Sue DeConnick
‘Deadline’ is the story of a young man forced to discover who he is, and what’s important in life, during the short span of his senior year in high school.
Chris Crutcher
Dream up big, hairy, audacious goals that you are passionate about and pursue them relentlessly. You have to begin with the end goal in mind, knowing that a goal is a dream with a deadline.
Clay Clark
For us, there is no such thing as failure. You can’t miss a deadline; you can’t come up short on an assignment. You have to perform, period.
Daniel Berehulak
When you wait to the last minute, you rush to get things done, and the closer you get to the deadline, the less options you have.
Dan Webster
True enough, nature has endowed me with a fair measure of patience and composure, yet I should be lying if I told you that, having seen the reporter off on his way to make his deadline, I fell peacefully asleep.
Leon Jouhaux
I’m nicer on tax day than I am when I’m on deadline.
Laurie Notaro
I’m scared each time I start a movie, believe me. There’s always a moment of panic when you’re not sure if you’re going to be able to meet the deadline.
Alexandre Desplat
There’s no deadline that a movie has to be made by. We have to believe that we have served the responsibility, however long it takes us to get to that point.
Chris Meledandri
I find that it takes a lot of years of living, and many more of reckoning, to come up with one worthwhile paragraph. And when a deadline looms, prayer doesn’t hurt, either.
Carmen Agra Deedy
Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
Oscar Hammerstein II
The hardest part of writing is the first draft, and the closer you get to your deadline, the messier your workspace becomes – but that’s the same with any creative outlet.
Tess Gerritsen
Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
Karl Kraus
When you have a deadline, or when you know that your equipment is about to go up in a rocket and you won’t have another chance to fix it, your mind works in a way that it otherwise never would.
John C. Mather
If it’s old school friends that my parents know, then I can stay out till late. But if they don’t know them, they want me home by 9 P.M. If I have work, then I don’t have a deadline. I don’t argue with them. That’s how I have been raised, and I’m happy with it.
Tena Desae
As you schedule individual tasks, give yourself a cushion. Mark the due date a few days ahead of the actual deadline so you have time to deal with changes or last-minute emergencies.
Harvey Mackay
A fixed deadline and a flexible scope are the crucial combination.
Jason Fried
Like most people I can be lazy, so it’s nice to have a goal or deadline or reason to work out. I feel better when I get to exercise, or when I’m outdoors. I like to hike, swim and run, and I love to play soccer.
Viggo Mortensen
I always think the most important thing for a writer is a deadline, and it’s the same with a house. They say you shouldn’t make an emotional decision with a house, but I think it is the only decision you can make.
Adriana Trigiani
Your best ideas, those eureka moments that turn the world upside down, seldom come when you’re juggling emails, rushing to meet the 5 P.M. deadline or straining to make your voice heard in a high-stress meeting. They come when you’re walking the dog, soaking in the bath or swinging in a hammock.
Carl Honore
The best thing for my creative process is a deadline.
Jeff MacNelly
I made a deadline for myself that if I wasn’t earning a living being a musician by ‘A Boy Named Goo,’ I was going to get back to school, get a degree, and go on with my life – and enjoy the memories I had.
John Rzeznik
There have been times when I didn’t quite make my deadline.
Akira Toriyama
Going off the grid is always good for me. It’s the way that I’ve started books and finished books and gotten myself out of deadline dooms and things.
Neil Gaiman
At some point, I would like to write a book and other t

At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.
Alanis Morissette
You know Washington. If the deadline is midnight, they’ll start working on it at 11:30.
Kevin Brady
The needs of the nation are not necessarily convergent with the needs of the deadline satirist.
Christopher Buckley
During trade deadline, we pretty much tell every player, look, there’s lots of names, lots of everything for every player in the league. So it’s best to tune it out because every team’s job is to explore things and you don’t like when things get out, but it’s silly to kill or accentuate rumors during deadline week.
Daryl Morey
The transfer deadline can be a distraction if you allow it to be.
Jack Rodwell
‘Senna’ took five years, ‘Amy’ took three years. You try and say, ‘Look, there’s no deadline.’ That’s important. Just saying, ‘We’ve got to make the film. And once the film’s ready, it will be out there.’
Asif Kapadia
But I have the most incredible support system in the world. They let me have those times when I just want to cry. But I give myself a deadline and say, today’s my sad day but tomorrow when the sun comes up it’s done.
Lizzie Velasquez
Peace is not a matter of prizes or trophies. It is not the product of a victory or command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement.
Óscar Arias
The record company felt wisely that we should get something out before I left ‘Hamilton’ or around awards time, and that deadline was not easy.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
I am a world expert on how to organise tasks in a senseless order, totally unrelated to priority, and thus create a massive panic leading up to an important deadline.
Lucy Hawking
The DoD has never undergone an audit. In 2004, it actually pledged to undergo a full audit by 2007, but that deadline came and went, and then they moved it to 2016. No one, not even the DoD, thinks they’ll actually be able to pass it in 2016.
Nick Turse
In the beginning, we had a great deal of freedom, and Jerry wrote completely out of his imagination – very, very freely. We even had no editorial supervision to speak of, because they were in such a rush to get the thing in before deadline. But later on we were restricted.
Joe Shuster
I’m not rushing into my divorce, because I’m not looking to get married tomorrow, so I don’t have a deadline. I’m not rushing it. So when it’s time, and it’s supposed to happen, it will.
Khloe Kardashian
I would never finish a painting if I didn’t have a deadline.
Peter Doig
All of the muscles were gone, so that was a real tough time of rebuilding all of that. But you have a deadline, you have an obligation. You’ve said that you will commit to this part, and I just can’t live with myself for not really giving it as much as I can.
Christian Bale
Whether we notice it or not, we spend our days negotiating for something: for our spouse to do more housework, a child to eat just three more bites or go to bed on time, an extended deadline on a project, a salary increase, a better rate on a vacation package.
Christopher Voss
What this bill says is it reiterates again the deadline, and that the Senate should act before the deadline, and that’s what the American people are expecting.
Eric Cantor
I really think more fledgling novelists – and many current and even established novelists – should get out into the real world and cover local politics, sports, culture, and crime and write it up on deadline.
C. J. Box
The drug plans our seniors choose will define their health care options for years to come. If they do not make a decision and wait until the May 15 deadline passes, they will face penalties and higher prices for the drugs that they need.
Mike Fitzpatrick
Everybody in the real world will agree – the moment a project is behind deadline, quality assurance tends to go out the window.
Alan Cox
I go to Buzzfeed and ‘Huff Po,’ IMDB, ‘Deadline.’ And then I just Google myself, like ‘Aasif Mandvi in a hat,’ and see what comes up.
Aasif Mandvi
If there’s a deadline, I work late. If not, I like to have normal hours, and get up early and work. When things are going well, I hate to quit. And then I’ll work ’till exhausted.
Dave Brubeck
The only deadline is the one I give myself.
Mark Thomas
I remember, once I was stressed, with an upcoming paper deadline. That little Microsoft Word clippy guy would show up in my face, jumping around and asking if I needed help. It had no understanding of my emotions and had zero empathy. That got me interested in this idea of tech being responsive to our emotions.
Rana el Kaliouby
At SBI, we say that if you need a project to be done, you need to be determined that it needs to be done, put a deadline, and it will get done.
Arundhati Bhattacharya
The difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline.
Gina Raimondo
I crave deadlines. If I don’t have a deadline, I become a total slacker, which is why I always have so much on my plate.
Lori Wilde
It’s a secret, but when I decided to apply to ‘Shonen Magazine,’ it was already past the deadline, so I had no choice but to go with ‘Shonen Jump.’ My motivation for becoming a cartoonist was… to put it bluntly, the ¥100,000 prize money.
Akira Toriyama
The premise of ‘Deadline’ forced me to go against my own grain with a character determined to find all that is valuable in that time. I believe this is a story about redemption; how, even with the best intentions, it’s sometimes found and sometimes not.
Chris Crutcher
I liked the way they treated the first, second, and third place finishers equally. It was an amazing year. I only entered two song contests this year; I won one and placed second in the other. And I entered each of them a day or two before the deadline.
Arthur Godfrey
The Iraqis have once again failed to meet a deadline for a final draft of the constitution.
Matt Lauer
I always was an early-morning or late-night writer. Ear

I always was an early-morning or late-night writer. Early morning was my favorite; late night was because you had a deadline. And at four in the morning, you make up some of your most absurd jokes.
Joss Whedon
I don’t plan anything out, and I don’t write in chronological order. The emotional tenor is what guides me, but a lot of it is feeling my way through the dark. That’s okay if you have unlimited time to work and stumble upon things in a delightful way, but under a deadline, it can be really stressful.
Jenny Han
I write for a radio show that, no matter what, will go on the air Saturday at five o’clock central time. You learn to write toward that deadline, to let the adrenaline pick you up on Friday morning and carry you through, to cook up a monologue about Lake Wobegon and get to the theater on time.
Garrison Keillor
Now I know that I should take better care of myself when I’m under an intense deadline, or else my body is gonna act in certain ways that are not good.
Tyra Banks
OK, so I never had a transfer in my career, but I used to love deadline day: Dimitar Berbatov turning up at Manchester airport with hours to go, Robinho coming to Manchester City instead of Chelsea.
Paul Scholes
It’s ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn’t even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again.
Francis Ford Coppola
I’m a precrastinator. Yes, that’s an actual term. You know that panic you feel a few hours before a big deadline when you haven’t done anything yet? I just feel that a few months ahead of time.
Adam Grant
I write pretty much year-round, but I definitely do more when a deadline is looming.
Jason Isbell
I do try to deliver a solid first draft, meaning it’s my tenth or twentieth draft and then I call it ‘first’ and hand it in, much to the chagrin of the studio sometimes when they look at the contract and go, ‘You’ve passed your deadline.’
Dustin Lance Black
I’ve learned over decades of building that a deadline is a potent tool for problem-solving.
Adam Savage
In Asia, it is very hectic – there is no overtime, no holidays, no weekends. It’s pretty rushed because they are trying to cut the deadline.
Godfrey Gao
Throughout the day, I frequently use my iPhone to check ‘Deadline Hollywood’ and my Twitter feed, as well as the ‘Daily Beast,’ the ‘New York Times,’ ‘Metsblog,’ and ‘Thejetsblog.’
R. J. Cutler
I write because it feels good, and I don’t have a deadline, and I don’t have people telling me what they want me to write. Maybe if I did, I wouldn’t be very good at it.
Nikki Reed
You know, I always was an early morning or late night writer. Early morning was my favorite; late night was because you had a deadline. And at four in the morning you make up some of your most absurd jokes.
Joss Whedon
‘This will pass and it always does.’ I consistently have to keep telling myself that because being an entrepreneur means that you go to those dark places a lot, and sometimes they’re real. You’re wondering if you can you make payroll. There is a deadline, and you haven’t slept in a while. It’s real.
Majora Carter
I always want to have time to experiment, and have transitional things, and have these weird non-songs, but usually the stuff I’m working on comes down to this weird deadline, where it just never happens, and it’s kind of a bummer.
Aaron Dessner
Deadlines refine the mind. They remove variables like exotic materials and processes that take too long. The closer the deadline, the more likely you’ll start thinking waaay outside the box.
Adam Savage
So far, I’ve never missed a deadline for a term paper, a review, a manuscript. I perform the mumbo-jumbo of voting with belief in my heart, I’ve not yet won even a jaywalking ticket, and unlike my father, whom I fault in this respect, I refrain from opting out of jury duty; instead, they mostly kick me out.
William T. Vollmann
I was in a weight-cutting sport, in judo, so I had to be a certain weight on a deadline. It kind of pushed me into having a really unhealthy relationship with food in my teens. I felt like if I wasn’t exactly on weight, I wasn’t good-looking.
Ronda Rousey
President Obama has continually put off the deadline for implementation of Obamacare thanks to hang-ups in the system.
Ben Shapiro
I once set myself a deadline: half a chapter a week, 20 minutes a day. The thought froze me instantly, like literary Botox. I returned to my non-schedule: sleeping, writing 20 minutes, and then back to sleep. Breakfast in bed, with juice congealing on the sill: pages and pages began to pour out again.
Siddhartha Mukherjee
We are always rushing to an appointment or trying to meet a deadline.
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
To have a successful writing career, you must be willing to sacrifice a great deal. The book, the deadline come first before anything else. Writing is not a job; it is a lifestyle, and it is a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. You need self-confidence and an iron carapace.
Virginia Henley
I work best after the deadline has passed, when I’m in a panic.
Tony Kushner
I’m one of those people who is actually inspired by a deadline. I might not sleep for many days on end, it may not be good for my health, but it definitely helps.
Carter Burwell
I write on weekends, on vacation, and, really – on deadline and on my floor. Both terrible for the back.
Sloane Crosley