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Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
What is the meaning of 'gossip?' Doesn't it originate with sympathy, an interest in one's neighbor, degenerating into idle curiosity and love of tattling? Which is worse, this habit, or keeping one's self so absorbed intellectually as to forget the sufferings and cares of others, to lose sympathy through having too much to think about?
Nobody with an IQ higher than emergency-room temperature could ever believe that 'death panels' would be appointed to nudge the elderly toward euthanasia. Yet for idle entertainment, it's hard to beat Sarah Palin's ignorant nattering on the subject.
The dangers which threaten us are twofold: First, from the Confederate forces, composed of men whose earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny.
Robert Dale Owen
To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
Henry David Thoreau
To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
Robert Louis Stevenson
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.
You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it; for by spending it in luxury, you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.
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.
It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle.
Bryant H. McGill
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
Jorge Luis Borges
For Satan always finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.
Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation.
J. Paul Getty
Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.
Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
Charles Dudley Warner
If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
Idle time is the devil's play.
I suppose when I was writing 'V for Vendetta' I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: 'Wouldn't it be great if these ideas actually made an impact?' So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world... It's peculiar.
To such idle talk it might further be added: that whenever a certain exclusive occupation is coupled with specific shortcomings, it is likewise almost certainly divorced from certain other shortcomings.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Faffing is good. It is an important part of life. Faffing is when we disconnect from the matrix and idle for a while, like a car. Our body and spirit know deep down that human beings were not made for constant toil so subconsciously creates space through the mechanism of faffing.
I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger.
I'm homosexual... How and why are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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