on early rising and other unpleasantness.

on early rising and other unpleasantness

I took it to mean ‘Sleep whenever you can; you may have to stay awake a long time.’ Early rising may not be a vice, Ira, but it is certainly no virtue. The old saw about the early bird just goes to show that the worm should have stayed in bed. I can’t stand people who are smug about how early they get up.” “I didn’t mean to sound smug, Grandfather. I get up early from long habit — the habit of work. But I don’t say it’s a virtue.” “Which? Work? Or early rising? Neither is a virtue. But getting up early does not get more work done . . . any more than you can make a piece of string longer by cutting off one end and tying it onto the other. You get less work done if you persist in getting up yawning and still tired. You aren’t sharp and make mistakes and have to do it over. That sort of busybusy is wasteful. As well as unpleasant. And annoying to those who would sleep late if their neighbors weren’t so noisily active at some ungodly cow-milking hour. Ira, progress doesn’t come from early risers — progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.”


Time Enough for Love

a novel by Robert A. Heinlein

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