Punctuality is the soul of business

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Punctuality is the soul of business.

Prov. You should be on time for all your business appointments. The office manager insisted on everyone's coming to work on time, not a minute late. "Punctuality is the soul of business," she said.
See also: business, of, soul
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Turveydrop, "let me, even under the present exceptional circumstances, recommend strict punctuality.
This seemed the word of separation, and Catherine found herself hurried away by Miss Tilney in such a manner as convinced her that the strictest punctuality to the family hours would be expected at Northanger.
Business is business, and there is nothing like punctuality, especially in a phoenix.
Thompson said when Philip came to the office late, for his early punctuality had not lasted.
His punctuality, together with other qualities, marked him out among the clerks for success, and indeed it would have been safe to wager that in ten years' time or so one would find him at the head of his profession, had it not been for a peculiarity which sometimes seemed to make everything about him uncertain and perilous.
As it was, every one was conscious that by observing certain rules, such as punctuality and quiet, by cooking well, and performing other small duties, one ode after another was satisfactorily restored to the world, and they shared the continuity of the scholar's life.
Casaubon, with his invariably polite air, "I am exceedingly obliged to you for your punctuality.
So that, frequently, when, after much trouble and toil, I had, at length, succeeded in bringing her down, the breakfast was nearly half over; and black looks from 'mamma,' and testy observations from 'papa,' spoken at me, if not to me, were sure to be my meed: for few things irritated the latter so much as want of punctuality at meal times.
I found besides half a dozen bills receipted (the doctor was a mirror of punctuality in the payment of tradesmen), note and letter-paper of the finest quality, clarified pens, a pretty little pin-cushion, two small account-books filled with the neatest entries, and some leaves of blotting-paper.
The man's punctuality depended on the convenience of his superiors employed at the office.
Germaine, we had every reason to congratulate ourselves on the ignorant punctuality which had brought us into the drawing-room half an hour in advance of the other guests.
But in spite of his preoccupation, Michel Ardan did not forget to prepare the morning repast with his accustomed punctuality.
But it was time for me to be going: make what haste I would, I should still be too late for tea; and my mother was the soul of order and punctuality.
And to make time to get through all that lay before him every day, he adhered to the strictest punctuality.
There--which is a most remarkable circumstance for a man of your punctuality and exactness, Haredale--you fall into error.