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50 Idleness Quotes

Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Dorothy Parker Quotes

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Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace

Hesiod Quotes

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For idleness is an appendix to nobility.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 2, subsect. 6)

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An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Retirement

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Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence. [Lat., Utque alios industria, ita hunc ignavia ad vamam protulat.]

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) Quotes , Source: Annales (XVI, 18)

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

Sherlock Holmes Quotes

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Busy idleness urges us on. [Lat., Strenua nos exercet inertia.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (bk. I, XI, 28)

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Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided. [Lat., Vitanda est improba--desidia.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Satires (II, 3, 14)

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Idleness is the parent of all psychology

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr. Quotes

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…for when men labor they keep out of mischief. You remember the old proverb--An idle mind is the Devils workshop...

George Q. Cannon Quotes

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Never get out of bed before noon

Charles Bukowski Quotes

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Idleness is the only refuge of weak minds, and the holiday of fools

Lord Chesterfield Quotes

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Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.

Hosea Ballou Quotes , Source: Manuscript--Sermons

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In the diligence of his idleness. [Lat., Diligenter per vacuitatem suam.]

Hosea Ballou Quotes , Source: Manuscript--Sermons

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Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 2, subsect. 6)

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

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. III, The Garden, l. 342)

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Thus idly busy rolls their world away.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Traveller (l. 256)

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What heart can think, or tongue express, The harm that groweth of idleness?

John Heywood Quotes , Source: Idleness

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I live an idle burden to the ground.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Iliad (bk. XVIII, l. 134), (Pope's translation)

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Valor, gradually overpowered by the delicious poison of sloth, grows torpid. [Lat., Blandoque veneno Desidiae virtus paullatim evicta senescit.]

Caius Silius Italicus Quotes , Source: Punica (III, 580)

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Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson

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