Idleness Quotes

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.


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

Busy idleness urges us on


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

ìAm 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.î

Lew Wallace

ìPurity of mind and idleness are incompatibleî

Mahatma Gandhi

"Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel"

John Quincy Adams

"Idleness is the beginning of all vices."


Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.

Ninon de L'Enclos

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

William Wordsworth

Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace


Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.

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