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"The best time to plant a tree..."

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.” — African Proverb


I love this perspective on carpe diem.

This text is often quoted as “Chinese proverb” but I was unable to find any connection to a real source.

On the other hand, I was able to trace the text to Dambisa Moyo’s book Dead Aid, where she attributes it to an African proverb.