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





I slip from workaholic to bum real easy.


Matthew Broderick (1962-, American actor, director)


Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more one has to do, the more he is able to accomplish.


Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton


Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.


Mortimer Caplan


Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.


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


Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.


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


The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


A loafer always has the correct time.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


A loafer always has the correct time.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


My passions are all asleep from my having slumbered till nearly eleven and weakened the animal fiber all over me to a delightful sensation about three degrees on this sight of faintness -- if I had teeth of pearl and the breath of lilies I should call it languor -- but as I am I must call it laziness. In this state of effeminacy the fibers of the brain are relaxed in common with the rest of the body, and to such a happy degree that pleasure has no show of enticement and pain no unbearable frown. Neither poetry, nor ambition, nor love have any alertness of countenance as they pass by me.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


We seldom call anybody lazy, but such as we reckon inferior to us, and of whom we expect some service.


Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733, Dutch-born British author, physician)


It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the best of all.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


Hell is paved with good intentions, and roofed with lost opportunities.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


If you continue to contaminate your own home, you will eventually suffocate in your own waste.


Native American Proverb (Sayings of Native American origin)


The only menace is inertia.


St. John Perse


I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.


Tom Petty (1950-, American musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter)


A young man idle, an old man needy.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Towards evening the lazy person begins to get busy.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow.


Norwegian Proverb (Sayings of Norwegian origin)


Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


We have so many labor-saving devices today that we go broke keeping them repaired. Everything is easier, but requires greater maintenance.


Lorne Sanny


Talkers are no good doers.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


Too many young people itch for what they want without scratching for it.


Thomas Taylor


He also who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 18:9


If a man will not work, he shall not eat.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Some men are so lazy they won't even feed themselves.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


The sluggard does not plow after the season, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 20:4


Sloth is the key to poverty.


Author Unknown


Lazy people are always looking for something to do.


Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues


Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


The idle always have a mind to do something.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay.


Richard Weaver


If you're coasting, you're either losing momentum or else you're headed downhill.


Joan Welsh


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