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