Punctuality is the…


Today’s proverb is, “Punctuality is the politeness of princes.”

I’m horrible at being on time lately, but I guess I’m not royalty so…

Apparently this proverb literally comes from a king. King Louis XVIII to be exact.

http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199539536.001.0001/acref-9780199539536-e-1782

I believe this is speaking to class distinction. If you’re late, you can’t possibly be royalty. In the modern day, isn’t being a rockstar, movie star, etc like being royalty? Aren’t they often late? How often does a headlining act start on time?

I know a lot of people that aren’t princes, princesses, kings, or queens and they are good people who are punctual.

I think I can safely say that it’s a good thing this proverb is no longer widely used.

Ciao,
R~

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