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INDOLENCE
[ Also see Ambition Idleness Leisure Sloth Vivacity ]

An idle man has a constant tendency to torpidity. He has adopted the Indian maxim--that it is better to walk than to run, and better to stand than to walk, and better to sit than to stand, and better to lie than to sit. He hugs himself into the notion, that God calls him to be quiet.
      - Richard Cecil

Lives spent in indolence, and therefore sad.
      - William Cowper

A useless life is an early death.
  [Ger., Ein unnutz Leben ist ein fruher Tod.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (I, 2, 63)

Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

Nothing is difficult; it is only we who are indolent.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

Indolence is the worst enemy that the church has to encounter. Men sleep around her altar, stretching themselves on beds of ease, or sit idly with folded hands looking lazily out on fields white for the harvest, but where no sickle rings against the wheat.
      - Frederic Dan Huntington

Indolence is the devil's cushion.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Indolence, languid as it is, often masters both passions and virtues.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We have more indolence in the mind than in the body.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The paralysis of the soul.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

If men were weaned from their sauntering humor, wherein they let a good part of their lives run uselessly away, they would acquire skill in hundreds of things.
      - John Locke (1)

Indolence and stupidity are first cousins.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

What is often called indolence is in fact the unconscious consciousness of incapacity.
      - Henry Crabb Robinson

The want of occupation is no less the plague of society than of solitude.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We bring forth weeds when our quick minds lie still.
      - William Shakespeare

It should seem that indolence itself would incline a person to be honest, as it requires infinitely greater pains and contrivance to be a knave.
      - William Shenstone

The canker-worm of every gentle breast.
      - Edmund Spenser

The desire of leisure is much more natural than of business and care.
      - Sir William Temple

As a sex, women are habitually indolent; and every thing tends to make them so.
      - Mary Wollstonecraft,
        A Vindication of the Rights of Women
         (ch. 7)

The sluggard is a living insensible.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

Who conquers indolence conquers all other hereditary sins.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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