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Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Some thoughts on the topic of punctuality today including my favorite passage on the subject from Dean Smith:

Here are some more thoughts:

“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

“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.”
-Lord Chesterfield

“Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.”
-Don Marquis

“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

“Punctuality is the soul of business.”
-Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“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 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

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
-William Shakespeare

“Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.”
-Niccolo Machiavelli