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Quotes About Being Punctual / On Time

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

When a secretary of George Washington, excusing himself for being late, said that his watch was too slow, the reply of Washington was, " You must get a new watch, or I must get a new secretary."

man looking at watch
  Better be three hours too soon than one minute too late. ~ William Shakespeare


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

It is no use running; to set out betimes is the main point. ~ La Fontaine

I give it as my deliberate and solemn conviction that the individual who is habitually tardy in meeting an appointment, will never be respected or successful in life. ~ Rev. W. Fisk

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

Punctuality is the politeness of kings. ~ Attributed to Louis XVIII of France

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

Every child should be taught to pay all his debts, and to fulfill all his contracts, exactly in manner, completely in value, punctually at the time. Everything he has borrowed, he should be obliged to return uninjured at the time specified, and everything belonging to others which he has lost, he should be required to replace. ~ Dwight

Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

It is of no use running; to set out betimes is the main point. ~ Jean De La Fontaine

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  You may delay, but time will not. ~ Benjamin Franklin