Taking people's time seriously

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The originator of the phrase ‘time is money’ was the pioneer printer, philosopher, scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin, who coined it in Poor Richard's Almanac, his most successful book of aphorisms published first in 1732. The phrase has alternately cajoled and irritated people for the quarter of a millennium since he wrote it.

Keywords: people; seriously; time

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9774/GLEAF.978-1-909493-54-4_9

Publication date: September 9, 2005

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