43 Quotes About Punctuality and Promptness


Respecting another person’s time means that you are valuing the relationship they provide you. Being prompt and punctual is a part of living day to day. Many have difficulty being on time and therefore, can suffer negative consequences such as loss of job, loss of friendship, and more. Here are some quotes about punctuality and promptness that demonstrate the important of being on time.

“Beginning of a great day begins a night before.”

“Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late.”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“I am always late on principle, my principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.”

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

“I figured this was the easy stuff, and if we couldn’t show up on time, looking right and acting right, we weren’t going to be able to do anything else.”

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

“I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.”

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

“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.”

“If you want to be regarded as a valuer of life, then first value time.”

“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”

“If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.”

“If you’re there before it’s over, you’re on time.”

“I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.”

“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.”

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, be prompt and you dine alone. For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, but has trouble enough of its own.”

“Make use of time, let not advantage slip.”

“Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it.”

“People count the faults of those who keep them waiting.”

“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.”

“Punctuality is not just limited to arriving at a place at right time, it is also about taking actions at right time.”

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

“Punctuality is the art of guessing how late the other fellow is going to be.”

“Punctuality is the politeness of kings.”

“Punctuality is the soul of business.”

“Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes.”

“Punctuality is the thief of time. Wilde I never travel without my diary. One should always have Something sensational to read in the train.”

“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”

“Show some mercy to your ‘time’, don’t always waste it.”

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

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

“The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.”

“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”

“Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.”

“Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.”

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”

“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.”

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

Many cultures experience and manage time differently. There is a lot to learn regarding the impact of working effectively and the mythological origins of time.

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