C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The keen spirit seizes the prompt occasion.

Hannah More.

Despatch is the soul of business.

Lord Chesterfield.

Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.


Timely service, like timely gifts, is doubled in value.

George MacDonald.

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.

Lord Chesterfield.

The flighty purpose never is o’ertook, unless the deed go with it.