Idleness Quotes, Sayings about being idle

He who indulges in idleness, deserves no success.
Dr T.P.Chia

Submitted by: Ivy Lee on September 23, 2013

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
– A.A. Milne

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

Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop.

Submitted by: PeaceLove&Happiness on May 4, 2009

Idleness is the only refuge of weak minds, and the holiday of fools.
Lord Chesterfield

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

Even the strongest of iron is eaten away by rust.

Submitted by: Maduwa Thabo on September 27, 2015

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
Samuel Johnson

The happiest part of a man’s life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
Samuel Johnson

There is no greater cause of melancholy than idleness.
– Robert Burton

Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace.
– Hesiod

Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.
– Cyril Connolly

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments.
Benjamin Franklin

Do not let idleness set in, not even for a second, as seconds will lead to minute, minutes will lead to hour, hours will lead to day, days will lead to week, weeks will lead to month, months will lead to year, years will be wasted before you realize there is no more time left to waste.


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.
– George Borrow

Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.
– John Quincy Adams

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

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

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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