- punctuality is the politeness of princes
- Fr. l’exactitude est la politesse des rois, punctuality is the politeness of kings (attributed to Louis XVIII, 1755–1824).
1834 M. EDGEWORTH Helen II. ix. ‘Punctuality is the virtue of princes.’.. Mr. Harley..would have ridiculed so antiquated a notion.
1854 SURTEES Handley Cross (ed. 2) xli. Punctuality is the purlitness o’ princes, and I doesn’t like keepin’ people waitin’.
1930 G. MITCHELL Mystery of Butcher Shop (1990) iii. 31 ‘Now do try to be down in time for breakfast to-morrow morning. Remember—“Punctuality is the politeness of princes.” So charming of them, I always think.’
1981 P. MCCUTCHAN Shard calls Tune xv. One should never keep people waiting; punctuality was the politeness of princes.
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