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Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.
Jerome K. Jerome
Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.
Idleness allows you to turn a situation from boredom to pleasure.
Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.
Johann G. Seume
Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don't care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done.
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.
It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness.
Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.
Sadly, many in our world today encourage idleness, especially in the form of mindless, inane entertainment that is on the Internet, on television, and in computer games.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish.
Idleness of the mind is much worse than that of the body: wit, without employment, is a disease - the rust of the soul, a plague, a hell itself.
Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.
A few days of idleness have completely sickened me, and given me what is called the blue-devils so severely, that I feel that the sooner I go to work and drive them off, the better.
John James Audubon
I'm not a fan of idleness, except in small doses.
It is rather hard to be accused of shiftlessness and idleness when the accuser closes the avenue of labour and industrial pursuits to us.
George H. White
Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
I was never comfortable with the risk of climbing in the Himalayas, or the amount of time in idleness that is involved in the Everest expedition.
I think the man who eats the bread of idleness is under a certain obligation to speak well of labor.
Robert Green Ingersoll
It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. If anything can do it, it is a cradle filled annually.
Idleness does drive me crazy, but I'd rather read or write than do anything just to work. A kind of respect has been instilled in me for acting: I love it too much to ever have a bad relationship with it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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