Idleness Quotes

"Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel"

John Quincy Adams

žPurity of mind and idleness are incompatibleÓ

Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

Hosea Ballou

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

John Heywood

Busy idleness urges us on

Horace

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Voltaire

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

Virginia Woolf

Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent

Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

There is really nothing left to a genuine idle man, who possesses any considerable degree of vital power, but sin.

Josiah Gilbert Holland

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

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

Sydney Smith

He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.

Socrates

So long as idleness is quite shut out from our lives, all the sins of wantonness, softness, and effeminacy are prevented; and there is but little room for temptation.

Jeremy Taylor

His labour is a chant, His idleness a tune; Oh, for a bee's experience Of clovers and of noon!

Emily Dickinson

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes

Miguel De Cervantes

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

Idleness is only fatal to the mediocre.

Albert Camus

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

Buddha

To have time was at once the most magnificent and the most dangerous of experiments. Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.

Albert Camus

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Updated On : October 08, 2013
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