Quotes about Idleness

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Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.
The way to be nothing is to do nothing.
Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
That man is idle who can do something better.
To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
The hardest work of all is to do nothing.
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.
A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.
An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
He that is doing nothing is seldom in need of helpers.
Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.
It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts.
Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.
Sometimes I think that idlers seem to be a special class for whom nothing can be planned, plead as one will with them --their only contribution to the human family is to warm a seat at the common table.
Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone: Dodging duty at the double, leaving work alone.
Prolonged idleness paralyzes initiative.
Millions are idle, but it's comforting to know that most of them have jobs.
It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.
The insupportable labor of doing nothing.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thy own.
Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.
Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.
There is nothing worse than an idle hour, with no occupation offering. People who have many such hours are simply animals waiting docilely for death. We all come to that state soon or late. It is the curse of senility.
Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.
Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.
Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
Expect poison from standing water.

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