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Haste (or hurry) is rushed action.


  • Hâtez-vous lentement ; et, sans perdre courage,
    Vingt fois sur le métier remettez votre ouvrage.
    • Hasten slowly, and without losing heart,
      Put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
    • Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art Poétique (The Art of Poetry, 1674), Canto I, l. 171.
  • The more haste, ever the worst speed.
  • Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
  • The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing that we ought to do, we have no time for anything else—we are the busiest people in the world.
    • Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition (1973), § 156.
  • He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes;
    With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.
  • It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
    Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
    Ere one can say "It lightens."
  • Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.
    • John Wesley (1703–1791). Letter to a member of the Society, 10th December 1777, Select Letters (1837).

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 353-54.
  • Festination may prove Precipitation;
    Deliberating delay may be wise cunctation.
    • Sir Thomas Browne, Christian Morals, Part I, Section XXIII (paraphrasing Cæsar).
  • Then horn for horn they stretch and strive;
    Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive.
  • I'll be with you in the squeezing of a lemon.
  • Sat cito, si sat bene.
    • Quick enough, if good enough.
    • St. Jerome, Epistle. LXVI. Par. 9. (Valler's ed.) Quoted from Cato. Phrase used by Lord Eldon. In Twiss's Life of Lord C. Eldon, Volume I, p. 46.
  • Haste is of the Devil.
  • Le trop de promptitude à l'erreur nous expose.
    • Too great haste leads us to error.
    • Molière, Sganarelle, I. 12.
  • On wings of winds came flying all abroad.


  • Haste makes waste.
    • English proverb. Reported in John Heywood, Dialogue of Proverbs (1546), part 1, Chapter 2

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