Background.

David Copperfield

Never do tomorrow what you can do today.‘ is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 12).

- David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.

 

 

Context.

- Quotation said by the character Wilkins Micawber.

- Taken from the following passage in Chapter 12 of David Copperfield:

‘My dear young friend,’ said Mr. Micawber, ‘I am older than you; a man of some experience in life, and—and of some experience, in short, in difficulties, generally speaking. At present, and until something turns up (which I am, I may say, hourly expecting), I have nothing to bestow but advice. Still my advice is so far worth taking, that—in short, that I have never taken it myself, and am the’—here Mr. Micawber, who had been beaming and smiling, all over his head and face, up to the present moment, checked himself and frowned—’the miserable wretch you behold.’

‘My dear Micawber!’ urged his wife.

‘I say,’ returned Mr. Micawber, quite forgetting himself, and smiling again, ‘the miserable wretch you behold. My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!’

‘My poor papa’s maxim,’ Mrs. Micawber observed.

 

 

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