Best Quotes About Idleness

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. -William Wordsworth

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. -John Lubbock

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness – to save oneself trouble. -Agatha Christie

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

Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness. -Samuel Butler

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease. -Benjamin Franklin

It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don't care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done. -Robert South

Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness. -Herman Melville

It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature. -William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

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

Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind. -Johann G. Seume

It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness. -George Borrow

It is rather hard to be accused of shiftlessness and idleness when the accuser closes the avenue of labour and industrial pursuits to us. -George H. White

We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency. -Eamon de Valera

Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace. -Hesiod

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

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

Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable. -Anton Chekhov

Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value. -Benjamin Jowett

It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. If anything can do it, it is a cradle filled annually. -Anthony Trollope

Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish. -Francois Rabelais

Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame. -Hesiod

Convent – a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness. -Ambrose Bierce

It's heartbreaking to see so many people trapped in a web of enforced idleness, deep debt, and gnawing self-doubt. -William J. Clinton

I was never comfortable with the risk of climbing in the Himalayas, or the amount of time in idleness that is involved in the Everest expedition. -Steve Fossett

Gluttony and idleness are two of life's great joys, but they are not honourable. -Julie Burchill

I'm not a fan of idleness, except in small doses. -Tim Ferriss

Sadly, many in our world today encourage idleness, especially in the form of mindless, inane entertainment that is on the Internet, on television, and in computer games. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

A few days of idleness have completely sickened me, and given me what is called the blue-devils so severely, that I feel that the sooner I go to work and drive them off, the better. -John James Audubon

It is idleness that is the curse of man – not labour. Idleness eats the heart out of men as of nations, and consumes them as rust does iron. -Samuel Smiles

I think the man who eats the bread of idleness is under a certain obligation to speak well of labor. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Acting is a lot of waiting to be picked, and I like to do a lot of things at once. I think I will have to find things that are totally mine. I have so much comfort that school and my academic life are totally mine. I hope that there's not a lot of idleness in my future. -Sarah Steele

Progressively saved by the machine from the anxieties that bound his hands and mind to material toil, relieved of a large part of his work and compelled to an ever-increasing speed of action by the devices which his intelligence cannot help ceaselessly creating and perfecting, man is about to find himself abruptly plunged into idleness. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The invention of money opened a new field to human avarice by giving rise to usury and the practice of lending money at interest while the owner passes a life of idleness. -Pliny the Elder

Believe me, I do not like idleness but work. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

There was a phase when I would just loaf around, doing nothing. It had put my mom under a lot of stress. I knew her stress stemmed from her love for me, yet I never paid attention to her feelings. When it finally hit me that my idleness was taking a toll on her, I was genuinely sad and depressed. -Farhan Akhtar

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