An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


Strict punctuality is perhaps the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character.


John F. Boyes


If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality, I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.


Richard Cecil (American poet)


Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.


Nathaniel Emmons


Punctuality is the soul of business.


Thomas C. Haliburton (1796-1865, Canadian jurist, author)


Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.


Franklin P. Jones


Punctuality is the politeness of kings.


Louis XVIII (1755-1824, King of France)


Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


I have been on a calendar, but never on time.


Marilyn Monroe (1926-, American actress)


I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me.


Lord Nelson


I owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time.


Lord Nelson


The while we keep a man waiting, he reflects on our shortcomings.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Better never than late.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful.


Charles Simmons


I am a believer in punctuality though is makes me very lonely.


E. V. Verrall


If you're there before it's over, you're on time.


James J. Walker


Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.


Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966, British novelist)


He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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