People should always mind their own business. More trouble is caused in this world by interference than any other single thing.

— Charlotte Lamb

Devotion Busybodies quotations

The goat's business is none of the sheep's concern.

Do I look like someone who has something to do here on earth?' —That's what I'd like to answer the busybodies who inquire into my activities.

Nest of Soviet fellow travelers clacking busybodies in a Soviet jellyfish front, sitting here in Leesburg oozing out their funny little propaganda and making nuisances of themselves.

A busybody's work is never done.

You know how some people are - they always feel they have to do things for other people's good, no matter what happens to the other people in the process!

There was nothing more dangerous than people convinced of their own good intentions.

Don't you meddle with me, and I won't meddle with you.

Busy souls have no time to be busybodies.

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

It is personal vanity of the most flagrant type which intrudes itself, unasked, into other people's affairs. There are few of us who do not feel capable of ordering the daily lives of others, down to the most minute detail.

Busy people are never busybodies.

The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices - paid by others.

There is nothing more revolting than an old busybody.

God save us from the people who want to do what's best for us.

Once you assume your right to interfere in other people's problems they become in some ways more of a worry than your own, for with your own you can at least do what you think best, but other people always show such a persistent tendency to do the wrong thing.

Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars.

It's a mystery to me how anyone ever gets any nourishment in this place.

They must eat their meals standing up by the window so as to be sure of not missing anything.

Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a dangerous experiment.

The weather is nature's disruptor of human plans and busybodies.

Of all the things on earth, nature's disruption is what we know we can depend on, as it is essentially uncontrolled by men.

Zeus hates busybodies and those who do too much.

Be not unwilling in what thou doest, neither selfish nor unadvised nor obstinate; let not over-refinement deck out thy thought; be not wordy nor a busybody.

I'm a civic busybody and I've been blessed with an active career.

Insistent advice may develop into interference, and interference, someone has said, is the hind hoof of the devil.

Critics, mathematicians, scientists and busybodies want to classify everything, marking the boundaries and limits... In art, there is room for all possibilities.

"Family" this and "family" that. If I had a family I'd be furious that moral busybodies are taking the perfectly good word family and using it as a code for censorship the same way "states' rights" was used to disguise racism in the mid-sixties.

We are living in the era of the busybody.

In ancient Greece, if a person wanted guidance, it involved a long, arduous expensive journey to consult the oracle at Delphi. Today, if you want guidance, all you have to do is unplug your ears.

Making those we love happy sounds innocent as a dove, but it can be as destructive as a lion.

A writer's occupational hazard: I think of eavesdropping as minding my business.

Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

It's dangerous business, thinking you can make people over.

there is nothing so easy as to be wise for others;

a species of prodigality, by-the-by - for such wisdom is wholly wasted.

People used to complain about 'the idle rich.

' But the idle rich did not do the kind of harm being done by today's busybody rich, who feed their own egos by bankrolling political crusades on the left which hurt the very people that the left claims to care about -- working people, minorities, and children.

Usually, so far as improvement in the people's economic conditions is concerned, humanitarians simply play the role of the busybody.

But when no risk is taken there is no freedom.

It is thus that, in an industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert the land into a nursery, and policemen hired to protect us become selfserving busybodies.