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As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
Thanks be to God. Since my leaving the drinking of wine, I do find myself much better, and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company.
Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle.
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?
Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.
I'm homosexual... How and why are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.
We have to remember that Dr. King was not an idle dreamer. Dr. King was a man of action. If Dr. King were here, he would challenge us and exhort us.
Surely man was not created to be an idle fellow; he was not set in this universal orchard to stand still as a tree.
I came from a poor family, so working and going to school at the same time was natural. It taught me multi-tasking, although we didn't call it that back then. I learned I could never be idle, I need to be doing many things at once.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
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.
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
For Satan always finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.
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
Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation.
J. Paul Getty
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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