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IDLENESS
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Lost time is never found again.
      - James H. Aughey

Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.
      - Hosea Ballou, Manuscript--Sermons

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation, and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profiteth others and ourselves.
      - Richard Baxter

If you are idle, you are on the road to ruin; and there are few stopping-places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.
      - Robert Benchley

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIX, v. 15)

In the diligence of his idleness.
  [Lat., Diligenter per vacuitatem suam.]
      - Book of Wisdom XIII, 13, (Vulgate LXX)

An idle man's brain is the devil's workshop.
      - John Bunyan

Too much idleness, I have observed, fills up a man's time more completely and leaves him less his own master, than any sort of employment whatsoever.
      - Edmund Burke

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
      - Robert Burton

Idleness is the badge of the gentry, the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the stepmother of discipline, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active, and, if it is not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy.
      - Robert Burton

Idleness is the nurse of naughtiness.
      - Robert Burton

For idleness is an appendix to nobility.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 2, subsect. 6)

In idleness there is perpetual despair.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Is there anything so wretched as to look at a man of fine abilities doing nothing?
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Idleness is the holiday of fools.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

As idle as a painted ship
  Upon a painted ocean.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People that have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
      - Jeremy Collier

Idleness is the grand Pacific Ocean of life, and in that stagnant abyss the most salutary things produce no good, the most noxious no evil. Vice, indeed, abstractedly considered, may be, and often is engendered in idleness; but the moment it becomes efficiently vice, it must quit its cradle and cease to be idle.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Doing nothing with a deal of skill.
      - William Cowper

An idler is a watch that wants both hands;
  As useless if it goes as when it stands.
      - William Cowper, Retirement

How various his employments whom the world
  Calls idle; and who justly in return
    Esteems that busy world an idler too!
      - William Cowper, Task
         (bk. III, The Garden, l. 342)


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