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HASTE
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[ Also see Activity Delay Impatience Impulse Indiscretion Promptness Punctuality Quickness Rashness Recklessness Speed Time ]

Sir Amyas Pawlet, when he saw too much haste made in any matter, was wont to say, "Stay awhile, that we may make an end the sooner.
      - Francis Bacon

Haste is always ungraceful.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

Haste turns usually upon a matter of ten minutes too late, and may be avoided by a habit like that of Lord Nelson, to which he ascribed his success in life, of being ten minutes too early.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Festination may prove Precipitation;
  Deliberating delay may be wise cunctation.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Christian Morals
         (pt. I, sec. XXIII),
        (paraphrasing Caesar)

Then horn for horn they stretch and strive;
  Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive.
      - Robert Burns, To a Haggis

Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Hasten deliberately.
  [Lat., Festina lente.]
      - Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus),
        quoting a Greek proverb, according to Aullus Gellius (X, 11, 5)

Hasten slowly.
  [Lat., Festina lente.]
      - Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him. Haste and hurry are very different things.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The more haste, ever the worst speed.
      - Charles Churchill, The Ghost
         (bk. IV, l. 1162)

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
      - Confucius

No man who is in a hurry is quite civilized.
      - William James (Will) Durant

Fraud and deceit are ever in a hurry. Take time for all things. Great haste makes great waste.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to heaven.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

I'll be with you in the squeezing of a lemon.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
         (act I, sc. 2)

Hurry is only admissible in catching flies.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Quick enough, if good enough.
  [Lat., Sat cito, si sat bene.]
      - Saint Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius, called Hieronymus),
        Epistle (LXVI, par. 9), (Valler's ed.)

One of the most pernicious effects of haste is obscurity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Haste is of the Devil.
      - Koran

What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way?
      - Karl Kraus

It is of no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

All haste implies weakness.
      - George MacDonald

Too great haste leads us to error.
  [Fr., Le trop de promptitude a l'erreur nous expose.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Sganarelle (I, 12)

Stay awhile that we may make an end the sooner.
      - attributed to Sir Amice Pawlet (Amias or Amyas) (Paulet or Poulet),
        Apothegms (no. 76), by Bacon

On wings of wind came flying all abroad.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to the Satires
         (l. 208)


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