Conditions Are Never Just Right

William Feather? John R. Gunn? Anonymous?

Dear Quote Investigator: When commencing a significant new endeavor in life it is tempting to wait until conditions are perfect, but that never occurs. Delays are often the result of indecisiveness, fear, or procrastination. Yet, one must move forward. The successful publisher and printer William Feather expressed the situation concisely:

Conditions are never just right.

Would you please help me to find a citation?

Quote Investigator: In 1928 “The Warren Tribune” newspaper of Pennsylvania published remarks from William Feather who described conversing with a man hoping to start a new enterprise. Boldface added to excerpts by QI: 1

“But he really wanted to have his own company, and the reason why he hasn’t is because he waited for conditions to get just right.

“Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable are the kind who do nothing.

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  1. 1928 June 16, The Warren Tribune, Business Conditions (acknowledgment to “Imperial Type Metal Magazine”), Quote Page 4, Column 1 and 2, Warren, Pennsylvania. (Newspapers_com)