Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.


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

"Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes." -

"Strict punctuality is a cheap virtue." - Benjamin Franklin

"Punctuality is the politeness of kings." - Louis XVIII, Louis Stanislas Xavier NULL

"Punctuality is a compliment you pay to the intelligent and a rebuke you administer to the stupid." -

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

"Nothing inspires confidence in a business man sooner than punctuality, nor is there any habit which sooner saps his reputation than that of being always behind time." - William Matthews

"Punctuality is the soul of business." -

"Punctuality is the virtue of the bored." - Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh

"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time." - Charles Dickens, fully Charles John Huffam Dickens

"Method is the hinge of business, and there is no method without order and punctuality." - Hannah More

"He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time." - Oscar Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills

"Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements." - William Hazlitt

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

"Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates in all future periods of this commonwealth to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them, especially the university at Cambridge, public schools, and grammar schools in the towns; to encourage private societies and public institutions, rewards and immunities, for the promotion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and a natural history of the country; to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and frugality, honesty and punctuality in their dealings, sincerity, good humor, and all social affections, and generous sentiments among the people. " - John Adams

"Want of punctuality is a want of virtue." - John M. Mason, fully John Mitchell Mason

"Sob, heavy world Sob as you spin, Mantled in mist Remote from the happy." - W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden