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Inactivity and deprivation of all accustomed stimulus is not rest; it is a preparation for the tomb.
      - Robertson Davies

Watch, for the idleness of the soul approaches death.
      - Demophilus

That man is idle who can do something better.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth 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

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

Give time to the Evil One, and you give him all he requires.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Thus idly busy rolls their world away.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 256)

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs, and ends in iron chains. The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish; for he learns to economize his time.
      - Sir Matthew Hale

Some people have a perfect genius for doing nothing, and doing it assiduously.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

What heart can think, or tongue express,
  The harm that groweth of idleness?
      - John Heywood, Idleness

The ruin of most men dates from some idle moment.
      - George Stillman Hillard

To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.
      - Hippocrates of Iphicrates

Idleness is paralysis.
      - Roswell Dwight Hitchcock

Idleness is the sepulchre of a living man.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The idle man stands outside of God's plan, outside of the ordained scheme of things; and the truest self-respect, the noblest independence, and the most genuine dignity, are not to be found there.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

There is really nothing left to a genuine idle man, who possesses any considerable degree of vital power, but sin.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

I live an idle burden to the ground.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XVIII, l. 134), (Pope's translation)

Busy idleness urges us on.
  [Lat., Strenua nos exercet inertia.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (bk. I, XI, 28)

That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.
  [Lat., Vitanda est improba--desidia.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 14)

Idleness travels very slowly, and poverty soon overtakes her.
      - John Hunter (1)

Valor, gradually overpowered by the delicious poison of sloth, grows torpid.
  [Lat., Blandoque veneno
    Desidiae virtus paullatim evicta senescit.]
      - Titus Caius Silius Italicus, Punica
         (III, 580)

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He that embarks in the voyage of life will always wish to advance, rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many founder in their passage while they lie waiting for the gale.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Idleness and timidity often despair without being overcome, and forbear attempts for fear of being defeated; and we may promote the invigoration of faint endeavors, by showing what has already been performed.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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