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The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.

I found this quote years ago and I've been using as my signature ever since, yet I have no answer to "Who said it?"
 
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It appears to be "anonymous", "unknown" or just an "old saying", however I also found it attributed to some people. I probably could have found more, but it seems rather pointless. I think the origin of the quotation is unknown, but it has been said by many people:

"Don't wait until the time or the market is just right to start investing - start now. The best time to plant an oak tree was 20 years ago - the second best time is now."
- James Stowers
http://www.401k-maximizer.com/rebalancing.htm

"The best time to plant an oak tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is today."
-James Carville
http://greatpage.u46.k12.il.us/u46/boardminutes/index.asp?Meeting=42
As Cajun James Carville said on network television yesterday, "You know, the best time to plant an oak tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is today."
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/dailynews/TheNote_Oct28.html

Question: I’d like to plant an oak tree as soon as possible. I’m concerned that this might be the wrong time of year due to cooler temperatures. When is the best time to plant an oak tree?
- Kim, Cape Coral
http://www.lee-county.com/extensionservices/horticulturearchive/besttimetoplantanoaktree.htm

"The best time to plant an oak tree is twenty years ago.The next best time is right now!"
David Chilton, The Wealthy Barber
http://www.morel.com/Miscellaneous4.asp

As Dr. Bill Sullivan writes, “The best time to plant an oak tree is 20 years ago. The next best time, is right now, today!”
http://www.newchurchspecialties.org/5-01-895.shtml

I once heard someone ask, "When is the best time to plant an oak tree?" The answer was: Twenty-five years ago. When is the second best time? The answer is now.
http://exchanges.state.gov/education/newsletter/2003/jan_feb/message.htm

as they old saying goes, the best time to plant an oak tree was 20 years ago…the next best time is right now!
http://www.northstarcorp.com/biometrics/digest/0702.asp

There are several variations:

Don't start too late. The best time to plant an oak tree was 100 years ago. The next best time is right now! Forget about lost opportunities and start your retirement plan immediately.
http://www3.zionsdirect.com/zions/services.htm

...also I found 40 years

I asked Jesus, "How much do you love me?".
Jesus answered, "This much"
as He stretched His arms and died on the cross for me.

-- Unknown, (Author / Orator unknown or unconfirmed)
Full story here
 
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greekboy3000, the first time I heard it was by David Chilton, The Wealthy Barber. Thank you for being so dedicated.
 
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There's also a related quote by Warren Buffett -"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
 
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