I heard recently a devar Torah where the Rav quoted the Kotzker Rebbe as saying a phrase in Yiddish (which I don't remember/didn't understand), something of the likes of: "it's late, but never too late". The idea being that whenever a person considers learning Torah, there are two yetzer haras that are going to try to dissuade them.
- It's too late in life to start, as in there's not enough time
- Don't start now, you can always do it tomorrow
The way to combat this is to feel like it's late, as in there won't be time later to learn, so learn now. At the same time, don't feel like it's too late, and give up all hope.
The Rav (maybe also quoting the Kotzker) connected this with the evening prayer השכיבינו where we pray:
והסר שטן מלפנינו ומאחרינו
Remove impediments behind us and in front of us
Does anyone know where such an idea is printed?