Idleness Quotes

The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest, for he has not earned it."

John Lubbock

"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

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

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

Dr Samuel Johnson

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

Victor Hugo

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Oscar Wilde

An idle life always produces varied inclinations.


Idleness is many, gathered miseries in one name.

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

Their only labour was to kill the time; And labour dire it is, and weary woe, They sit, they loll, turn o'er some idle rhyme, Then, rising sudden, to the glass they go, Or saunter forth, with tottering steps and slow.

James Thomson

Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.

Barrie Sir James

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

Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Barrie Sir James M

Idleness ruins the constitution


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

George Eliot

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Updated On : September 08, 2013
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