Quote – The help of good counsel

When all is done, the help of good counsel is that which setteth business straight.

— Francis Bacon

Poetry – A Recollection

My father’s friend came once to tea.
He laughed and talked. He spoke to me.
But in another week they said
That friendly pink-faced man was dead.

“How sad . .” they said, “the best of men . .”
So I said too, “How sad”; but then
Deep in my heart I thought with pride,
“I know a person who has died.”

— Frances Cornford

Quote – Doing The Work Yourself

The wise man will commit no business of importance to a proxy when he may do it himself.

— Roger L’Estrange

Quote – The more business a man has to do

The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish; for he learns to economize his time.

— Judge Hale

Poetry – Dawn

So begins the day,
Solid, chill, and gray,
But my heart will wake
Happy for your sake;
No more tossed and wild,
Singing like a child,
Quiet as a flower
In this first gray hour.

So my heart will wake
Happy, for your sake.

— Frances Darwin Cornford

Quote – Punctuality

Punctuality is the soul of business.

— Proverb

Quote – Law of Triviality

The time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum [of money] involved.

Cyril Northcote Parkinson