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Idleness Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Idleness

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

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

Research!
A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved,
and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
- Benjamin Jowett

Work is the best of narcotics, providing the patient
be strong enough to take it.
I dread idleness as if it were Hell.
- Beatrice Potter Webb

 

Life does not agree with philosophy:
There is no happiness that is not idleness,
and only what is useless is pleasurable.
- Anton Chekhov

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

Idleness is the beginning of all vice,
the crown of all virtues.
- Franz Kafka

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Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.
- Hesiod

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

It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined.
If anything can do it, it is a cradle filled annually.
- Anthony Trollope

It is rather hard to be accused of shiftlessness and
idleness when the accuser closes the avenue of labour
and industrial pursuits to us.
- George H. White

Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish.
- Francois Rabelais

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

Idleness is to the human mind like rust to iron.
- Ezra Cornell

The day has gone by into the dim vista of the past
when idleness was considered a virtue in woman.
- Caroline A. Huling

Convent - a place of retirement for women who wish
for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.
- Ambrose Bierce

Know the true value of time; snatch,
seize,
and enjoy every moment of it.
No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination:
never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
- Lord Chesterfield

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass
under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time.
- John Lubbock

Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace.
- Hesiod

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

We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency.
- Eamon de Valera

It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief,
which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an
attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness.
- George Borrow

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty.
Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable,
distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
- Anne Baxter

Idleness among children, as among men,
is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil
more certain than ill temper.
- Hannah More

Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain,
or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either,
the grief and sin of idleness.
- Herman Melville

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.
- Lord Chesterfield

Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
- Thomas Carlyle

I wonder at the idleness of tears.
- Lizette Woodworth Reese

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

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.
- Samuel Butler

Diligence is the mother of good fortune,
and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to
the goal of any of his best wishes.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Idleness is the stupidity of the body,
and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.
- Johann G. Seume

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
- Robert Burton

Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity
for living in the present.
- Cyril Connolly

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

It is idleness that creates impossibilities;
and where people don't care to do anything,
they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done.
- Bishop Robert South

It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed
in any pursuit through idleness,
neglect, the love of pleasure, etc.,
etc.,
which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness,
which are the faults of his nature.
- Lord Melbourne

Idleness does drive me crazy, but I'd rather read or
write than do anything just to work.
A kind of respect has been instilled in me for acting:
I love it too much to ever have a bad relationship with it.
- Karen Allen

Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life,
intercourse with women and young people,
these are perilous paths for a young man,
and these lead him constantly into danger.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation.
- Paul Getty

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 await unanimity.
- Robert Dale Owen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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