make haste slowly


make haste slowly
Cf. L. festina lente, make haste slowly; after SUETONIUS Augustus xxv. 4. nihil autem minus perfecto duci quam festinationem temeritatemque convenire arbitratur. crebro itaque illa iactabat: σπεῦδε βραδέως, he [Augustus] thought that haste and rashness were alike unsuited to a well-trained leader. So he often came out with sayings like ‘make haste slowly’ [etc.]; c 1385 CHAUCER Troilus & Criseyde I. 956 He hasteth wel that wisly kan [knows how to] abyde.

1683 DRYDEN Poems (1958) I. 336 Gently make haste... A hundred times consider what you’ve said.

1744 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (Apr.) Make haste slowly.

1989 C. G. HART Little Class on Murder xii. Festina lente,’ Miss Dora suggested slyly. ‘Not bad advice,’ Max said cheerfully. At Annie’s glare, he added quickly, ‘Make haste slowly.’


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