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An idle brain is the devil's workshop.

English Proverbs

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.

Leonardo da Vinci

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

Jules Renard

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

Benjamin Franklin

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.

Victor Hugo

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Lord Chesterfield

A young man idle, an old man needy.

English Proverbs

There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work.

Charles Spurgeon

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.

Ulysses S. Grant

The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.

Napoleon Hill

Towards evening the lazy person begins to get busy.


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

Arthur Conan Doyle

The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.

William Cowper

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

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

Virginia Woolf

If a man will not work, he shall not eat.


You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.


Some men are so lazy they won't even feed themselves.


It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.

James Thurber

Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.


The hardest work of all is to do nothing.


Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.

Mahatma Gandhi

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.

Benjamin Franklin

Expect poison from standing water.

William Blake

To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.

Henry David Thoreau

Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.

Ambrose Bierce

I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.

Tom Petty

Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.

Marquis De Vauvenargues

The sluggard does not plow after the season, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing. Proverbs 20:4


I slip from workaholic to bum real easy.

Matthew Broderick

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

Anne Frank

My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline.

Mary Garden

Lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.

Kin Hubbard

A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Sloth is the key to poverty.


For Satan finds some mischief stillFor idle hands to do.

Isaac Watts

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

Elizabeth Smart

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

Mortimer Caplan

Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.

Miguel de Cervantes

By doing nothing we learn to do ill.


Too many young people itch for what they want without scratching for it.

Thomas Taylor

It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the best of all.


The only menace is inertia.

St. John Perse

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

Jerome K. Jerome

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

Benjamin Franklin

A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.

Cyril Connolly

Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.

Samuel Johnson

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.

Benjamin Franklin

If you're coasting, you're either losing momentum or else you're headed downhill.

Joan Welsh

I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.

Lord Chesterfield

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

Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.

Johann G. Seume

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


Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Jean Paul

That man is idle who can do something better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Sidney Madwed

He also who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys. Proverbs 18:9


The idle always have a mind to do something.

Marquis De Vauvenargues

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

Hard work - I mean, does anybody use that term anymore? Laziness doesn't fly. It's all in the practice. It does take work and it ain't easy - but man, the rewards!

Susan Powter

Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence.

James Cash Penney

The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.

Larry Wall

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

Soren Kierkegaard

A loafer always has the correct time.

Kin Hubbard

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


We have so many labor-saving devices today that we go broke keeping them repaired. Everything is easier, but requires greater maintenance.

Lorne Sanny

Prolonged idleness paralyzes initiative.


Nothing irritates me more than chronic laziness in others. Mind you, it's only mental sloth I object to. Physical sloth can be heavenly.

Elizabeth Hurley

Periods of wholesome laziness, after days of energetic effort, will wonderfully tone up the mind and body.

Grenville Kleiser

The insupportable labor of doing nothing.

Sir Richard Steele

'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.

Isaac Watts

Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay.

Richard Weaver

I like the word 'indolence'. It makes my laziness seem classy.

Bern Williams

He that is doing nothing is seldom in need of helpers.


We seldom call anybody lazy, but such as we reckon inferior to us, and of whom we expect some service.

Bernard Mandeville

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

Sam Keen

All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.

Mark Kennedy

There's much to be said for feeling numb. Time passes more quickly. You eat less, and because numbness encourages laziness, you do fewer things, good or bad, and the world's probably a better place for it.

Doug Coupland

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

We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work

Thomas A. Edison

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.

H. L. Mencken

Prostration is our natural position. A worm-like movement from a spot of sunlight to a spot of shade, and back, is the type of movement that is natural to men.

Percy Wynham Lewis

The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.

Soren Kierkegaard

Turn on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes. Observe her labors, sluggard, and be wise.

Samuel Johnson

Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.

Paul Terry

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

In reality, everyone is good in bed. Close eyes. Shutdown brain. Pause as necessary. Restart brain. Open eyes. What's there to not be good at? Bed is the one place where laziness is rewarded.

John Dobbin

When we hold back out of laziness, that is when we tie ourselves into knots of boredom.

Walter Annenberg

There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten -- before the end is told -- even if there happens to be any end to it.

Joseph Conrad

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.

Benjamin Franklin

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

For example, I was discussing the use of email and how impersonal it can be, how people will now email someone across the room rather than go and talk to them. But I don't think this is laziness, I think it is a conscious decision people are making to save time.

Margaret J. Wheatley

I never work just to work. It's some combination of laziness and self-respect.

Harold Ramis

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.

Robert Burton

Any notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men's taste and capacity to live it, has disappeared. Leisure has become entertainment.

Allan Bloom

Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone: Dodging duty at the double, leaving work alone.


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.


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

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