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Idleness Quotes

Idleness usually relates to a person or an appliance, which is not put towards any constructive work for a long time. In other words, idleness is a state of ‘killing time’ or ‘wasting away time’. As the famous proverb states, ‘an idle mind is a devil’s workshop’, which translates as a person who doesn't do anything productive is filled with destructive ideas. The state of being idle has been extensively discussed in books like ‘How to be Idle’ by Tom Hodgkin son and the famous essay ‘Virtues of Idleness’, which speaks about the economic and socio systems when affected by the post-scarcity and how it gives rise to autocratic rule. Scroll down these famous jobless quotations & sayings and choose your favorite expression.

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.

- Sylvia Plath

Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.

- Rudyard Kipling

Gardens are not made by singing "Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shade.

- Rudyard Kipling

I work to stay alive.

- Bette Davis

What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?

- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

- Different Seasons , Stephen King

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

- Victor Hugo

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.

- Anais Nin

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.

- Jerome K. Jerome

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

- Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow , Jerome K. Jerome

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

- Three Men in a Boat , Jerome K. Jerome

When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed.

- Marilyn Manson

Nothing will work unless you do.

- Maya Angelou

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

- Theodore Roosevelt

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.

- Dame Agatha Christie

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

- Milan Kundera

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.

- The Wild Palms , William Faulkner

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

- Vince Lombardi

My old drama coach used to say, 'Don't just do something, stand there.' Gary Cooper wasn't afraid to do nothing.

- Clint Eastwood

The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams.

- Tupac Shakur

A contented mind is the best source for trouble.

- Titus

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

- Wayne Gretzky

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it .

- Andrew Jackson

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

- Anne Frank

A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

All universal moral principles are idle fancies.

- Marquis de Sade

Get off your butt and join the Marines.

- John Wayne

I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.

- Tom Petty

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

- Kahlil Gibran

Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.

- Herman Melville

The advertisers who believe in the selling power of jingles have never had to sell anything.

- David Ogilvy

Somebody's boring me. I think it's me.

- Dylan Thomas

Nowadays, we're more into staying in our rooms and reading Nietzsche.

- Jimmy Page

Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It's hard to keep awake with nothing to do.

- Babe Ruth

Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.

- Selected Poems and Letters , Arthur Rimbaud

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

- Benjamin Franklin

A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.

- Katharine Hepburn

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory.

- Jorge Luis Borges

I don't want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar.

- Bill Murray

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