Idleness Quotes

"Idleness is the beginning of all vices."


"Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel"

John Quincy Adams

ìPurity of mind and idleness are incompatibleî

Mahatma Gandhi

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

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


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

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.


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.


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.


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Updated On : October 08, 2013
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