Idleness Quotes

For idleness is an appendix to nobility.

Robert Burton

ěWork is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgraceî


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

Benjamin Franklin

"Were't not affection chains thy tender days To the sweet glances of thy honored love, I rather would entreat thy company To see the wonders of the world abroad Than, living dully sluggardized at home, Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness."

William Shakespeare

"Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues"

Benjamin Franklin

"Idleness is the only refuge of weak minds, and the holiday of fools"

Lord Chesterfield

"The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth."

Oscar Wilde

"Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments."

Benjamin Franklin

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.

Dr Samuel Johnson

"The real source of almost all our crimes, if the trouble is taken to trace them to a common origin, will be found to be in idleness."

Walter Gaston Shotwell

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

Victor Hugo

Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything.

Floyd Dell

Rather than idleness of people, it is the activeness of people that turns the wheels of the struggle.


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

Robert Louis Stevenson

War begets quiet, quiet idleness, idleness disorder, disorder ruin; likewise ruin order, order virtue, virtue glory, and good fortune.

Walter Raleigh, Sr.

Grief is a species of idleness.

Samuel Johnson

In travelling I shape myself betimes to idleness And take fools' pleasure

George Eliot

Idleness ruins the constitution


Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.

Barrie Sir James

Sluggish idleness--the nurse of sin.

Edmund Spenser

Idleness is many, gathered miseries in one name.

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

Idleness is more an infirmity of the mind than of the body.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Idleness travels very slowly, and poverty soon overtakes her.

John Hunter

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

John Heywood
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