An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


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 profit others and ourselves.


Anne Baxter (1923-1985, American actress)


Expect poison from standing water.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Idleness is an appendix to nobility.


Robert Burton (1576-1640, British clergyman, scholar)


Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.


Sherlock Holmes (Fictional detective, created by Sir Conan Doyle)


Sometimes I think that idlers seem to be a special class for whom nothing can be planned, plead as one will with them -- their only contribution to the human family is to warm a seat at the common table.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises 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 (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


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


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


The way to be nothing is to do nothing.


Nathaniel Howe


The way to be nothing is to do nothing.


Nathaniel Howe


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


Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927, British humorous writer, novelist, playwright)


Perhaps man is the only being that can properly be called idle.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


There is no kind of idleness by which we are so easily seduced as that which dignifies itself by the appearance of business.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


There is nothing worse than an idle hour, with no occupation offering. People who have many such hours are simply animals waiting docilely for death. We all come to that state soon or late. It is the curse of senility.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


A day without work can yield a night without sleep.


Albanian Proverb


An idle brain is the devil's workshop.'


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.


Johann G. Seume (1763-1810, German theologist)


Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thy own.


Elizabeth Smart


Idleness is tThe insupportable labor of doing nothing.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 9:37


To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


He that is doing nothing is seldom in need of helpers.


Author Unknown


Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone: Dodging duty at the double, leaving work alone.


Author Unknown


Millions are idle, but it's comforting to know that most of them have jobs.


Author Unknown


Prolonged idleness paralyzes initiative.


Author Unknown


The hardest work of all is to do nothing.


Author Unknown


You've got to make haste while it's still light of day. My godmother used to say, "I don't want to rust out, I just want to work out." If you stand still long enough, people will throw dirt on you."


Ben Vereen


Shun idleness as the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.


Isaac Watts (1674-1748, British hymn-writer)


Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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