The other morning I had made an appointment at a hairdresser, as my normal speedy and efficient hairdresser was unavailable for a couple of weeks.  The appointment was made early in the day and, for the second week in a row, I was kept waiting over half an hour before I was attended to. Once I was comfortably seated at the mirror, having the attention I was seeking, an excuse was given to me, which I guess was adequate, but it got me thinking about how annoying it is to have your plans for the day delayed in such a way, intentionally or not.  I feel it shows a lack of respect for others, an assumption that your time is in fact less important than their time.

There are quite a number of quotes to this effect, some are rather funny and I give them below:

Punctuality is the stern virtue of men in business, and the graceful courtesy of princes -- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it -- Franklin P. Jones

Better never than late --  George Bernard Shaw

The while we keep a man waiting, he reflects on our shortcomings -- French proverb

I owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time -- Lord Nelson

I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments -- Nathaniel Emmons

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late -- William Shakespeare

Strict punctuality is perhaps the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character -- John F. Boyes

Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty.  You may as well borrow a person's money as his time -- Horace Mann

(via www.finestquotes.com)