Idleness Quotes

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

Soren Kierkegaard

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

Hunger is not the worst feature of unemployment; idleness is

William E. Barrett

If you are idle, you are on the road to ruin; and there are few stopping-places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road

Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Thomas Carlyle

How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too!

William Cowper

The ruin of most men dates from some idle moment.

George Stillman Hillard

The idle man stands outside of God's plan, outside of the ordained scheme of things; and the truest self-respect, the noblest independence, and the most genuine dignity, are not to be found there

Josiah Gilbert Holland

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

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

Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.

Samuel Johnson

The frivolous work of polished idleness.

Sir James Mackintosh

The bees can abide no drones amongst them; but as soon as they begin to be idle, they kill them.

Plato

Thee too, my Paridel! she mark'd thee there, Stretch'd on the rack of a too easy chair, And heard thy everlasting yarn confess The Pains and Penalties of Idleness.

Alexander Pope

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 key of beggary.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

Worldings revelling in the fields Of strenuous idleness.

William Wordsworth,

There is nothing worse than an idle hour, with no occupation offering. People who have many such hours are simply animals waiting docilely for death. We all come to that state soon or late. It is the curse of senility

Barrie Sir James M

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

Samuel Butler

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

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

Virginia Woolf

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

Phaedrus

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