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Idle Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Idle

Please enjoy these Idle Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

It is idle to dread what you cannot avoid.
- Publilius Syrus

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To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Determine never to be idle.
No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

I choose to be caring, compassionate and kind toward all people,
and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip,
petty complaints, and idle chatter.
About those, I just don't care.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

It is better to have a fair intellect that is well
used than a powerful one that is idle.
- Bryant H. McGill

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

All universal moral principles are idle fancies.
- Marquis de Sade

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As a Jew I cannot sit idle while genocidal atrocities
continue to unfold in Darfur,
Sudan.
- Jan Schakowsky

Although even when I am being idle I have plenty of
food for thought both early and late -
thoughts both about and not about art.
- Gustav Klimt

I'm homosexual...
How and why are idle questions.
It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.
- Jean Genet

I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger.
- Jean Genet

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the
waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The program should know if someone is at the keyboard
or joystick or if it is just sitting there idle.
It should know if someone is proficient in its use or a novice.
- Bill Budge

To be idle is a short road to death
and to be diligent is a way of life;
foolish people are idle,
wise people are diligent.
- The Buddha

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more
than much knowledge that is idle.
- Khalil Gibran

To me, thoughts are fun and art is fun.
The strength of our society should not be idle entertainments
but the joy of pursuing ideas.
- Philip Kaufman

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

He who would not be idle, let him fall in love.
- Ovid

We have to remember that Dr. King was not an idle dreamer.
Dr. King was a man of action.
If Dr. King were here, he would challenge us and exhort us.
- Marc Morial

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement.
Properly understood and applied,
it is the most potent instrument of action.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested.
So let us not be idle.
- Gustav Mahler

How these curiosities would be quite forgot,
did not such idle fellowes as I put them down.
- John Aubrey

Beware of the man who will not engage in idle conversation;
he is planning to steal your walking stick or water your stock.
- William Emerson

It is idle to waste time and discuss whether it was
within our power and duty to see whether we could prepare
a Bill better than the Remedial Bill.
- Charles Tupper

Love makes a subtle man out of a crude one,
it gives eloquence to the mute, it gives courage the
cowardly and makes the idle quick and sharp.
- Juan Ruiz

If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided
that happens otherwise if one is idle.
- Albrecht Durer

Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret.
Everything might have turned out so differently.
- Charles Dudley Warner

Not only our future economic soundness but the very
soundness of our democratic institutions depends on
the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is idle to await unanimity.
- Robert Dale Owen

For Satan always finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.
- Isaac Watts

Besides all this, if you are idle, and take to bad courses,
you will hurt those of your brethren who are slaves,
and do all in your power to prevent their being free.
- Jupiter Hammon

When the idle poor become the idle rich,
you'll never know just who is who, or which is which.
- E. Y. Harburg

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of
the night without thinking that the night pleases us
because it suppresses idle details,
just as our memory does.
- Jorge Luis Borges

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.
There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
- Victor Hugo

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize
that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.
- James Harvey Robinson

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of
more or less idle people.
- Walter Bagehot

If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love.
- Ovid

Never be entirely idle; but either be reading,
or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring
something for the public good.
- Thomas a Kempis

The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is
the reason so many good minds are idle.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

The dangers which threaten us are twofold:
First,
from the Confederate forces, composed of men whose
earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny.
- Robert Dale Owen

Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.
- Arthur Rimbaud

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you
feel like stripping your gears.
- Barbara Johnson

The idle always have a mind to do something.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Idle people are often bored and bored people,
unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.
It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great
preoccupations in our time.
- Renata Adler

Thanks be to God.
Since my leaving the drinking of wine,
I do find myself much better, and do mind my business better,
and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company.
- Samuel Pepys

We throw all our attention on the utterly idle question
whether A has done as well as B,
when the only question is whether A has done as well as he could.
- William Graham Sumner

Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation.
- Paul Getty

Surely man was not created to be an idle fellow;
he was not set in this universal orchard to stand still as a tree.
- Thomas Dekker

Until the control of the issue of currency and credit
is restored to government and recognized as its most
conspicuous and sacred responsibility,
all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

If I'm alone too long I think too much,
and I'm not interested in doing that.
That won't lead anywhere good, I'm sure.
If I'm busy I tend to stay out of trouble.
An idle mind is the devil's playground.
- Lisa Marie Presley

You look just like you!
- Eric Idle

I think the special thing about Python is that it's a writers' commune.
The writers are in charge.
The writers decide what the material is.
- Eric Idle

We've discovered that the less we do,
the more money we make.
- Eric Idle

Apathy, indifference, not caring...
It may sound insensitive for me to say, "I don't care,"
but ask first to what I am indifferent.
I choose to be caring, compassionate
and kind toward all people,
and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip,
petty complaints, and idle chatter.
About those, I just don't care.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I like the idea of being out there regularly with an
audience and with a funny gang of people.
That's what I grew up with - doing television,
doing shows every week.
- Eric Idle

It is idle to say that nations can struggle to outdo
each other in building armaments and never use them.
History demonstrates the contrary, and we have but
to go back to the last war to see the appalling effect
of nations competing in great armaments.
- Frank B. Kellogg

Woody is the guy who made me want to be a comic.
I was in heaven and couldn't stop smiling because he
was my idle and 29 years after seeing Take the Money and Run,
I was working for him.
- Jon Lovitz

Being forced to work, and forced to do your best,
will breed in you temperance and self-control,
diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content,
and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
- Charles Kingsley

The Minister of Transport issued this appeal to motorists:
Can anyone give him a lift to Leicester?
- Eric Idle

But there's not enough time in life to go sit at a party,
have a drink, and make idle conversation.
There's too many important things to do.
Just being together with my husband,
spending time alone,
which I have very little of.
- Pia Zadora

To such idle talk it might further be added:
that whenever a certain exclusive occupation is coupled
with specific shortcomings,
it is likewise almost certainly divorced from certain other shortcomings.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

No day of my life passes without someone saying the
words 'Monty Python' to me.
It's not bad.
- Eric Idle

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things
of more value than silence.
Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word;
and do not say a little in many words,
but a great deal in a few.
- Pythagoras

To me, the musical is best when it's a musical comedy.
So if you have a very, very funny show,
and very good, funny songs, that's what the musical does best.
- Eric Idle

I love being an older comic now.
It's like being an old soccer or an old baseball player.
You're in the Hall of Fame and it's nice,
but you're no longer that person in the limelight on
the spot doing that thing.
- Eric Idle

Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler,
and also in favor of capital and against labor.
Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful
to humanity than a century of war.
- Remy de Gourmont

O, once in each man's life, at least,
Good luck knocks at his door; And wit to seize the
flitting guest Need never hunger more.
But while the loitering idler waits Good luck beside his fire,
The bold heart storms at fortune's gates,
And conquers its desire.
- Lewis J. Bates

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless
one has plenty of work to do.
- Jerome K. Jerome

Communities and neighborhoods are affected.
Idling trains, traffic backups, grade crossing accidents
and other safety issues all affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
- Bill Lipinski

There would be no idling in a co-operative workshop.
Each workman, being an employer, has a spur to his own industry,
and has a pecuniary reason for being watchful of the
industry of his fellow workmen.
- Leland Stanford


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