The early bird catches the worm someone who is energetic and efficient is most likely to be successful; saying recorded from the mid 17th century. It's the second mouse that gets the cheese is a modern humorous extension.
Early English denoting the earliest stage of English Gothic church architecture, typical of the late 12th and 13th centuries and marked by the use of pointed arches and simple lancet windows without tracery.
the early man never borrows from the late man someone who has made their preparations has no need to turn to someone less efficient; the usage is generally applied to the practice of sowing seed early. The saying is recorded from the mid 17th century.
early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise proverbial saying, late 15th century, linking a healthy and sober lifestyle with material success.