Best Idleness Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Idleness Quotes

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil’s home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.

Anne Baxter (1923-1985, American Actress)


You’ve got to make haste while it’s still light of day. My godmother used to say, “I don’t want to rust out, I just want to work out.” If you stand still long enough, people will throw dirt on you.”

Ben Vereen


Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)


Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)


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

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)


The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. [Matthew 9:37]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.

Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British Critic)


Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thy own.

Elizabeth Smart


An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.

English Proverb


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.

L. Mencken (1880-1956, American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist)


Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.

Hannah More (1745-1833, British Writer, Reformer, Philanthropist)


To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)


‘Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748, British hymn-writer)


It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.

James Thurber (1894-1961, American Humorist, Illustrator)


Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Jean Paul


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 (1650-1726, British Clergyman, Conjuror)


It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927, British Humorous Writer, Novelist, Playwright)


Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.

Johann G. Seume (1763-1810, German Theologist)


Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.

Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian Satirist)


Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian Inventor, Architect, Painter, Scientist, Sculptor)


Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian Political, Spiritual Leader)



The way to be nothing is to do nothing.

Nathaniel Howe


He that is doing nothing is seldom in need of helpers.



The hardest work of all is to do nothing.



That man is idle who can do something better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)


Idleness is an appendix to nobility.

Robert Burton (1576-1640, British Clergyman, Scholar)


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

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist)


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

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)


As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)


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

Sherlock Holmes (Fictional Detective (Sir Conan Doyle))


It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts.

Sidney Madwed (American Speaker, Consultant, Author, Poet)


You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.

Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British Playwright)


The insupportable labor of doing nothing.

Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British Dramatist, Essayist, Editor)


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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish Philosopher, Writer)


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

Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist)


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

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British Novelist, Essayist)


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

Voltaire (1694-1778, French Historian, Writer)


Expect poison from standing water.

William Blake (1757-1827, British Poet, Painter)


The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.

William Cowper (1731-1800, British Poet)

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