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A young man idle, an old man needy.

- Proverb, English

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

- Benjamin Franklin

The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.

- Hill, Napoleon

Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience.


If a man will not work, he shall not eat.

- Bible

My passions are all asleep from my having slumbered till nearly eleven and weakened the animal fiber all over me to a delightful sensation about three degrees on this sight of faintness -- if I had teeth of pearl and the breath of lilies I should call it languor -- but as I am I must call it laziness. In this state of effeminacy the fibers of the brain are relaxed in common with the rest of the body, and to such a happy degree that pleasure has no show of enticement and pain no unbearable frown. Neither poetry, nor ambition, nor love have any alertness of countenance as they pass by me.

- Keats, John

I hate a fellow whom pride, or cowardice, or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl; let him come out as I do, and bark.

- Johnson, Samuel

Lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.

- Hubbard, Kin

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

- Soren Kierkegaard

The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.

- Kierkegaard, S°ren

There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.

- Franz Kafka

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

- Anne Frank

We have so many labor-saving devices today that we go broke keeping them repaired. Everything is easier, but requires greater maintenance.

- Sanny, Lorne

Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.

- Thomas a Kempis

Whensoever you do a thing which you know to be right and good, instead of priding yourself upon it as if the good in it came from you, offer it up to your Heavenly Father, from whom all good things come, and say, "Oh, Lord! the good in this is Thine and not mine; the bad in it is mine and not Thine. I thank Thee for having made me do right, for without Thy help I should have done nothing but wrong. For mine is the laziness, and the weakness, and the selfishness, and the self-conceit; and Thine is the kingdom, for Thou rulest all things; and the power, for Thou doest all things; and the glory, for Thou doest all things well, for ever and ever. Amen."

- Sermons.

Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.

- Vauvenargues, Marquis De

I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.

- Petty, Tom

Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.

- Bierce, Ambrose

That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing.

- Pliny the Younger

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

- Renard, Jules

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