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SLOTH
[ Also see Diligence Effort Ennui Idleness Inactivity Indolence Industry Laziness Leisure Neglect Procrastination Self-improvement Vagrant Waiting ]

Flee sloth; for the indolence of the soul is the decay of the body.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Sloth * * * never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Sloth 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

A sluggish, dawdling, and dilatory man may have spasms of activity, but he never acts continuously and consecutively with energetic quickness.
      - George Stillman Hillard

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

So fixed are our spirits in slothfulness and cold indifference that we seldom overcome so much as one evil habit.
      - Thomas a Kempis

The very soul of the slothful does effectually but lie drowsing in his body, and the whole man is totally given up to his senses.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Prosperity engenders sloth.
      - Titus Livy

Excess is not the only thing which breaks men in their health, and in the comfortable enjoyment of themselves; but many are brought into a very ill and languishing habit of body by mere sloth; and sloth is in itself both a great sin, and the cause of many more.
      - Bishop Robert South

Many are idly busy. Domitian was busy, but then it was catching flies.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Slovenliness is a lazy and beastly negligence of a man's own person, whereby he becomes so sordid as to be offensive to those about him.
      - Theophrastus

As sloth seldom bringeth actions to good birth; so hasty rashness always makes them abortive ere well formed.
      - Arthur Warwick

Sloth is the torpidity of the mental faculties; the sluggard is a living insensible.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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