Poor Richard's advice on time can be summed up in three short words: Don't
waste it! Time is one of the few things in this life cannot be
either saved, bought or regained. So, Richard advises, use your time
wisely, because you only get one chance. To Rick, there is no folly
greater than wasting time, and no error so difficult to undo. So,
remember, use your time carefully. (Of course, the fact that I'm
telling this to someone surfing the 'net kind of makes it a moot point.
Up, Sluggard, waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
Have you somewhat to do to-morrow; do it to-day.
He that wastes idly a groat's worth of his time per one day with another,
wastes the privilege of using 100 pounds each day.
Ah simple Man!& when a boy two precious jewels were given thee, Time and good
Advice; one thou hast lost, and the other thrown away.
To-morrow you'll reform, you always cry;
In what far country does this morrow lie,
That 'tis so mighty long ere it arrive?
Beyond the Indies does this morrow live?
'Tis so far-fetched, this morrow, that I fear
'Twill be both very old and very dear.
The Muses love the Morning.*
If you have time, don't wait for time.
To-morrow I'll reform, the fool does say;
To-day itself's to late; --- the wise did it yesterday.
Enjoy the present hour, be mindful of the past; And neither fear nor wish the
approaches of the last.
Be always ashamed to catch thyself idle.
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