Idleness Quotes

One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention; and the world therefore swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied, but to be read.

Samuel Johnson

Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness.

Thomas Carlyle

Idleness is the badge of the gentry, the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the stepmother of discipline, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active, and, if it is not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy.

Robert Burton

Hunger is not the worst feature of unemployment; idleness is

William E. Barrett

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Soren Kierkegaard

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

Benjamin Franklin

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

Jerome K. Jerome

Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Jean Paul

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

Sherlock Holmes

Evil thoughts often come from idleness.

Gaelic Proverb

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


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

Virginia Woolf

There is no remedy for time misspent; No healing for the waste of idleness, Whose very languor is a punishment Heavier than active souls can feel or guess.

Sir Aubrey de Vere

The frivolous work of polished idleness

Sir James Mackintosh
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