A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 09, 2015
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” is a quotation credited to Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) that has been printed on many posters. It’s not certain when Picasso first gave the quotation. Pablo Picasso died in April 1973; the quotation appeared in English-language newspapers beginning in November 1973.

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” has been included in many lists of business and motivational quotations.


Wikipedia: Pablo Picasso
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso (/pɪˈkɑːsoʊ, -ˈkæsoʊ/; Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

8 November 1973, Circleville (OH) Herald, pg.3, col. 2:
Think About: Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. (Pablo Picasso)

10 December 1973, Centre Daily Times (State College, PA), pg. 1 col.1:
ADVICE: It was Pablo Picasso who observed, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

3 January 1974, Bureau County Republican (Princeton, IL), “Inspiration for Living - Selected Thoughts” by Madge Kelley, pg. 4, col. 2:
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone . . . PABLO PICASSO

Google Books
Civilization’s Quotations:
Life’s Ideal

By Richard Alan Krieger
New York, NY: Algora Publishing
2002
Pg. 44:
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” — Picasso

Inventor Spot
May 8, 2012
Top 50 Legendary Success Quotes
by Spencer Lanoue
(...)
4. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Pablo Picasso

Google Books
Pablo Picasso:
What He Said

By Narim Bender
BookRix (BookRix.com)
2013
Pg. ?:
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Inc.
PUBLISHED ON: JAN 28, 2015
25 Quotes to Inspire Your Afternoons and Increase Productivity
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do this afternoon.

BY MURRAY NEWLANDS
Contributor, Inc.com
(...)
4. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die left undone.” --Pablo Picasso

Alison Cebulla
5 QUOTES THAT WILL MOTIVATE YOU TO STOP PROCRASTINATING
February 15, 2015 Posted by Alison in Habit Change, Success
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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” – Pablo Picasso

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 • Permalink