Idleness Quotes

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.-Carl Sandburg

 

It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts.-Sidney Madwed

 

Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence.-Tacitus

 

Indolence is the sleep of the mind.-Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

 

There is no remedy for time misspent; No healing for the waste of idleness, Whose very languor is a punishment Heavier than active souls can feel or guess.-Sir Aubrey de Vere

 

Their only labour was to kill the time; And labour dire it is, and weary woe, They sit, they loll, turn o'er some idle rhyme, Then, rising sudden, to the glass they go, Or saunter forth, with tottering steps and slow.-James Thomson

 

The hardest work of all is to do nothing.-Proverb

 

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.-Jerome K. Jerome

 

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.-H. L. Mencken

 

A man's real worth is determined by what he does when he has nothing to do.-Megiddo Message

 

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.-David T. Wolf

 

An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.-Henry Ford

 

Evil thoughts often come from idleness.-Gaelic Proverb

 

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.-Sherlock Holmes

 

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.-Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too!-William Cowper

 

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.-Samuel Johnson

 

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention -- invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.-Agatha Christie

 

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.-Robert Anton Wilson

 

Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.-Hosea Ballou

 

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.-Sir James M. Barrie

 

A nation rushing hastily too and fro, busily employed in idleness.-Phaedrus

 

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.-Jeremy Collier

 

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.-Virginia Woolf

 

In the diligence of his idleness.-Hosea Ballou

 

That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.-Horace

 

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.-Robert Burton

 

An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.-William Cowper

 

For idleness is an appendix to nobility.-Robert Burton

 

I was raised to feel that doing nothing was a sin. I had to learn to do nothing.-Jenny Joseph

 

Thus idly busy rolls their world away.-Oliver Goldsmith

 

What heart can think, or tongue express, The harm that groweth of idleness?-John Heywood

 

I live an idle burden to the ground.-Homer

 

Busy idleness urges us on.-Horace

 

Valor, gradually overpowered by the delicious poison of sloth, grows torpid.-Caius Silius Italicus

 

Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.-Samuel Johnson

 

An idle life always produces varied inclinations.-Lucanus

 

The frivolous work of polished idleness. - Sir James Mackintosh,-Sir James Mackintosh

 

Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves.-Ovid

 

Thee too, my Paridel! she mark'd thee there, Stretch'd on the rack of a too easy chair, And heard thy everlasting yarn confess The Pains and Penalties of Idleness.-Alexander Pope

 

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.-Quintilian

 

A man who has no office to go to--I don't care who he is--is a trial of which you can have no conception.-George Bernard Shaw

 

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.-Benjamin Franklin

 

Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness - the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.-George MacDonald

 

Thee too, my Paridel! she mark'd thee there, Stretch'd on the rack of a too easy chair, And heard thy everlasting yarn confess The Pains and Penalties of Idleness. - Alexander Pope

 

Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

 

Let but the hours of idleness cease, and the bow of Cupid will become broken and his torch extinguished. - Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]

 

For idleness is an appendix to nobility. - Robert Burton

 

In travelling I shape myself betimes to idleness And take fools' pleasure. - George Eliot

 

Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible. - Mohandas K. 'Mahatma' Gandhi

 

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavours with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself. - Samuel Johnson

 

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. - David Lloyd George

 

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. - William Wordsworth

 

It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts. - Sidney Madwed

 

The hardest work of all is to do nothing. - Proverb

 

Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thy own. - Elizabeth Smart

 

Millions are idle, but it's comforting to know that most of them have jobs. - Source Unknown

 

You've got to make haste while it's still light of day. My godmother used to say, "I don't want to rust out, I just want to work out." If you stand still long enough, people will throw dirt on you." - Ben Vereen

 

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip. - Sir James M. Barrie

 

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. [Matthew 9:37] - Bible

 

Idleness is an appendix to nobility. - Robert Burton

 

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company. - Jeremy Collier

 

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease. - Benjamin Franklin

 

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely. - Sherlock Holmes

 

The way to be nothing is to do nothing. - Nathaniel Howe

 

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy. - Samuel Johnson

 
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