Idleness Quotes, Sayings about being idle

Get busy living or get busy dying.
Stephen King

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

Submitted by: Ivy Lee on September 23, 2013

An idling mind produces a weak learner who enjoys the comfort of leisure time.
Dr T.P.Chia

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.

Gardens are not made by singing “Oh, how beautiful,” and sitting in the shade.
– Rudyard Kipling

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

Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.
Henry Ford

The hardest work is to go idle.
– Yiddish Proverb

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.

Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.
Albert Camus

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


Even the strongest of iron is eaten away by rust.

Submitted by: Maduwa Thabo on September 27, 2015

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

One of the commonest characteristics of the successful man is his idleness, his immense capacity for wasting time.
– Arnold Bennett

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
Benjamin Franklin

There is a working class – strong and happy – among both rich and poor: there is an idle class – weak, wicked, and miserable – among both rich and poor.
– John Ruskin

Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.
– Johann Gottfried Seume

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of Hell.
George Bernard Shaw

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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


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

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

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

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

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor
Victor Hugo

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