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50 Idleness Quotes

I was raised to feel that doing nothing was a sin. I had to learn to do nothing.

Jenny Joseph Quotes , Source: in the London "Observer"

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An idle life always produces varied inclinations. [Lat., Variam semper dant otia mentem.]

Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan) Quotes , Source: Pharsalia (IV, 704)

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The frivolous work of polished idleness. - Sir James Mackintosh,

Sir James Mackintosh Quotes , Source: Dissertation on Ethical Philosophy--Remarks on Thomas Brown

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Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves. [Lat., Cernis ut ignavum corrumpant otia corpus Ut capiant vitium ni moveantur aquae.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 5, 5)

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Thee too, my Paridel! she mark'd thee there, Stretch'd on the rack of a too easy chair, And heard thy everlasting yarn confess The Pains and Penalties of Idleness.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: The Dunciad (bk. IV, l. 341)

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We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. [Lat., Difficultas patrocinia praeteximus segnitiae.]

Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) Quotes , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 12)

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Were't not affection chains thy tender days To the sweet glances of thy honored love, I rather would entreat thy company To see the wonders of the world abroad Than, living dully sluggardized at home, Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine at I, i)

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A man who has no office to go to--I don't care who he is--is a trial of which you can have no conception.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes , Source: The Irrational Knot (ch. XVIII)

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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 (1) Quotes , Source: Castle of Indolence (canto I, 72)

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Indolence is the sleep of the mind. [Fr., L'indolence est le sommeil des esprits.]

Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues Quotes , Source: Reflexions (390)

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There is no remedy for time misspent; No healing for the waste of idleness, Whose very languor is a punishment Heavier than active souls can feel or guess.

Sir Aubrey de Vere Quotes , Source: A Song of Faith--Devout Exercises and Sonnets

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

Virginia Woolf Quotes

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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 Quotes

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A nation rushing hastily too and fro, busily employed in idleness.

Phaedrus Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness - the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.

George MacDonald Quotes

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Evil thoughts often come from idleness.

Gaelic Proverb Quotes

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He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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I don't think necessity is the mother of invention -- invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

Agatha Christie Quotes

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

Sidney Madwed Quotes

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Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Jean Paul Quotes

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Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

Jerome K. Jerome Quotes

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A man's real worth is determined by what he does when he has nothing to do.

Megiddo Message Quotes

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