The famous Apollonius being very early at Vespasians gate, and finding him stirring, from thence conjectured that he was worthy to govern an empire, and said to his companion, This man surely will be emperor; he is so early.
The difference between rising at five and seven oclock in the morning, for the space of forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to ten additional years to a mans life.
Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of our years, but adds likewise to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same measure of time, but increases also the measure.
No man can promise himself even fifty years of life, but any man may, if he please, live in the proportion of fifty years in fortylet him rise early, that he may have the day before him, and let him make the most of the day, by determining to expand it on two sorts of acquaintance onlythose by whom something may be got, and those from whom something may be learnt.
Whoever has tasted the breath of morning knows that the most invigorating and most delightful hours of the day are commonly spent in bed; though it is the evident intention of nature that we should enjoy and profit by them.
When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, endeavor to rouse your faculties, and act up to your kind, and consider that you have to do the business of a man; and that action is both beneficial and the end of your being.