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

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. (Quote by - Lord Melbourne)

In such a world as ours the idle man is not so much a biped as a bivalve; and the wealth which breeds idleness, of which the English peerage is an example, and of which we are beginning to abound in specimens in this country, is only a sort of human oyster bed, where heirs and heiresses are planted, to spend a contemptible life of slothfulness in growing plump and succulent for the grave-worms' banquet. (Quote by - Horace Mann)

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

Valor, gradually overpowered by the delicious poison of sloth, grows torpid. (Quote by - Caius Silius Italicus)

Idleness is an appendix to nobility. (Quote by - Robert Burton)

Extreme busyness, whether at school, or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity. (Quote by - Robert Louis Stevenson)

Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness. (Quote by - La Rochefoucauld)

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

For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do. (Quote by - Isaac Watts)

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. (Quote by - Miguel de Cervantes)

Idleness is the badge of the gentry, the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the stepmother of discipline, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active, and, if it is not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy. (Quote by - Robert Burton)

I was raised to feel that doing nothing was a sin. I had to learn to do nothing. (Quote by - Jenny Joseph)

Idleness is the key of beggary. (Quote by - Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start. (Quote by - Edgar Watson Howe)

Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals. (Quote by - Voltaire)

Be not solitary, be not idle. (Quote by - Robert Burton)

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness with others (Quote by - Samuel Butler)

How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too! (Quote by - William Cowper)

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. (Quote by - Sir Aubrey de Vere)

As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. (Quote by - Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

The idle man stands outside of God's plan, outside of the ordained scheme of things; and the truest self-respect, the noblest independence, and the most genuine dignity, are not to be found there (Quote by - Josiah Gilbert Holland)

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. (Quote by - Spanish proverb)

He is idle that might be better employed. (Quote by - Thomas Fuller)


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