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.
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.