Idleness Quotes, Sayings about being idle


The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest, for he has not earned it.
– John Lubbock

Idleness is the beginning of all vices.
– Proverb

The only thing wrong with doing nothing is that you never know when you’re finished.

Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed.
– St. Jerome

Hunger is not the worst feature of unemployment; idleness is.
– William E. Barrett

Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.

Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Idleness, we are accustomed to say, is the root of all evil. To prevent this evil, work is recommended…. Idleness as such is by no means a root of evil; on the contrary, it is truly a divine life, if one is not bored….
– Soren Kierkegaard

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
– John Lubbock

Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.
Albert Camus

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
Bill Watterson


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