Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Promptness

"As you look at your youngsters, be sure that your standards of promptness, of attention, of quiet, of courtesy, are realistically geared to children, not idealistically geared to angels." - James L. Hymes, Jr.

"The benefit of proverbs, or maxims, is that they separate those who act on principle from those who act on impulse; and they lead to promptness and decision in acting. Their value deepens on four things; do they embody correct principles; are they on important subjects; what is the extent, and what is the ease of their application?" - Tyron Edwards

"Deliberate with caution, but act with decision (and promptness); and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Man was born to be rich, or grow rich by use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players. Cultivated labor drives out brute labor." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Man was born to be rich, or grows rich by the use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players. Cultivated labor drives out brute labor." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love -- every man works his oar voluntarily!" - Saint Francis de Sales NULL

"The best rules of rhetoric are, to speak intelligently; speak from the heart; have something to say; say it; and stop when you've done." - Tryon Edwards