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


Strict punctuality is a cheap virtue.


Regularity is unity; unity is godlike.


It is of no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.

La Fontaine.

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 stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes.


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

J. 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.


The most indispensable qualification of a cook is punctuality. The same must be said of guests.


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.

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine; but lost time is gone forever.

Samuel Smiles.

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


Method and punctuality are so little natural to man that where they exist they are commonly the effect of education or discipline.

W. B. Clulow.