Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919) American Poet, Journalist
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.
—Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773) English Statesman, Man of Letters
Punctuality is the politeness of princes.
Punctuality is the soul of business.
—Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796–1865) Canadian Author, Humorist, Businessperson, Judge
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
—Evelyn Waugh (1903–66) British Novelist, Essayist, Biographer
Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start.
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor
The most indispensable qualification of a cook is punctuality. The same must be said of guests.
—Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826) French Lawyer, Politician
I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.
—E. V. Lucas (1868–1938) English Author, Historian
We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?
—Samuel Beckett (1906–1989) Irish Novelist, Playwright
I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.
—Marilyn Monroe (1926–62) American Actor, Model, Singer