Idleness Quotes

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

His labour is a chant, His idleness a tune; Oh, for a bee’s experience Of clovers and of noon!
– Emily Dickinson

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

Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
– Voltaire

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

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
– Marcus Tullius

Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.
– Henry Ford

That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.
– Horace

Idleness is the holiday of fools.
– Lord Chesterfield

The real source of almost all our crimes, if the trouble is taken to trace them to a common origin, will be found to be in idleness.
– Walter Gaston

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

How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too!
– William Cowper

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

A physician can sometimes bury the scythe of death, but he has no power over the sand in the hourglass.
– Hester Lynch

Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.
– Samuel Johnson

The bees can abide no drones amongst them; but as soon as they begin to be idle, they kill them.
– Plato

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

It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts.
– Sidney Madwed

Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.
– Hosea Ballou

An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.
– William Cowper