Idleness Quotes

If idleness do not produce vice or malevolence, it commonly produces melancholy.

Sydney Smith

Idleness and timidity often despair without being overcome, and forbear attempts for fear of being defeated; and we may promote the invigoration of faint endeavors, by showing what has already been performed.

Samuel Johnson

Idleness is the grand Pacific Ocean of life, and in that stagnant abyss the most salutary things produce no good, the most noxious no evil. Vice, indeed, abstractedly considered, may be, and often is engendered in idleness; but the moment it becomes efficiently vice, it must quit its cradle and cease to be idle.

Charles Caleb Colton

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People that have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.

Jeremy Collier

Too much idleness, I have observed, fills up a man's time more completely and leaves him less his own master, than any sort of employment whatsoever

Edmund Burke

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Voltaire

Busy idleness urges us on

Horace

What heart can think, or tongue express, The harm that groweth of idleness?

John Heywood

Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.

Hosea Ballou

žAm I going home to idleness? No, no. My feet and hands may be still, not so the mind--that has its aspirations yet, and it will work, for it has a law unto itself. Idleness is one thing, doing is another.Ó

Lew Wallace

žPurity of mind and idleness are incompatibleÓ

Mahatma Gandhi

"Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel"

John Quincy Adams

Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.

Ninon de L'Enclos

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.

William Wordsworth

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the 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

Sir J Lubbock

Idleness and lack of occupation tend -- nay are dragged -- towards evil

Hippocrates

Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.

Ovid

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

Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Dorothy Parker

A nation rushing hastily too and fro, busily employed in idleness.

Phaedrus

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

Virginia Woolf

The clerisy are those who read for pleasure, but not for idleness; who read for pastime but not to kill time; who love books, but do not live by books

Robertson Davies

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness with others

Samuel Butler

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