Quotation by Shakespeare

Let's take the instant by the forward top;
For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
Th' inaudible and noiseless foot of time
Steals ere we can effect them.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. King of France, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 5, sc. 3, l. 40-2.

being old, he must move quickly if he is to see the results of his actions; compare the proverb, "Seize occasion by the forelock, for she is bald behind."
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