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Punctuality

  • ... like many unpunctual persons, Mrs. Gormer disliked to be kept waiting.

  • The superior thing ... was to be late. Lateness showed that serene contempt for the illusion we call time which is so necessary to ensure the respect of others and oneself. Only the servile are punctual ...

  • ... punctuality is the thief of time.

  • Punctuality is a praiseworthy virtue enough, but as the years went on, Mrs. Todd blew her breakfast horn at so early an hour that the neighbors were in some doubt as to whether it might not herald the supper of the day before. They also predicted that she would have her funeral before she was fairly dead ...

  • He is punctual to a fault; my fault is that I am never punctual.

  • I am a member of a small, nearly extinct minority group, a kind of urban lost tribe who insist, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, on the sanctity of being on time. Which is to say that we On-timers are compulsively, unfashionably prompt, that there are only handfuls of us in any given city and, unfortunately, we never seem to have appointments with each other.

  • Punctuality comes high on my list of unforgivable sins.

  • ... punctuality is the thief of adventure ...

    • Jan Struther,
    • "A Balkan Journey," A Pocketful of Pebbles ()
  • Punctuality is something that if you have it, there's often no one around to share it with you.

  • Daniel's punctuality was proverbial. Indeed ... he considered himself late if there was any person there ahead of him.

  • It is a truism of epistolary psychology that, for example, a Christmas thank-you note written on December 26 can say any old thing, but if you wait until February, you are convinced that nothing less than Middlemarch will do.

    • Anne Fadiman,
    • "Mail," in Kathleen Norris, ed., The Best American Essays ()
  • 'Twenty-three and a quarter minutes past,' Uncle Matthew was saying furiously, 'in precisely six and three-quarter minutes the damned fella will be late.'

  • Don't keep prompt guests waiting for tardy ones. Wait ten minutes for a man and fifteen for a woman or a couple, and then go in to dinner. If the persons late are socially important, they know better. If unavoidably detained they will prefer that there is no delay on their account.

  • Women really do want to be on time. It's just that everything starts so darn early.