quotations about laziness
Laziness is the enemy of virtue, and the very train of all wickedness.
PATRICK FLEMING, attributed, Day's Collacon
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
ANNE FRANK, The Diary of a Young Girl
Lazy folks take the most pains.
J. W. MONETTE, attributed, Day's Collacon
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
CHARLES DICKENS, Barnaby Rudge
Sloth is the tempter that beguiles and expels from paradise.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
WILLIAM COWPER, Retirement
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, The Way to Wealth
The lazy man is usually an ideal man, for he lives on theory, sleeps on hope, and dies in despair.
J. W. CROKER, attributed, Day's Collacon
When laziness attacks a woman, it always avoids her tongue.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all Virtues.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757
The disease of laziness is somewhat like the smallpox. Both diseases start on a weak backbone and manifest themselves very visibly on the person; but if they go in on you, they are ofttimes fatal. There is one encouraging feature about these diseases -- both can be vaccinated against. There is a little difference, however, in the formula of the vaccine used. For smallpox you inject into the blood a vaccine-lymph made from cowpox. For laziness you inject a compound of equal parts backbone, sand, and gunpowder.
HEBER Q. HALE, "Laziness", The Improvement Era
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
JULES RENARD, attributed, Eat These Words
Chronic laziness may have an evolutionary basis: Consider our homo erectus forebears' need to covet calories (or just look at a cat). But we live in an age of plenty and the reflex to avoid work has become more dangerous than the risk of running out of fuel.
YASMIN TAYAG, "Medicating Laziness One Espresso (and Some Ritalin or Modafinil) at a Time", Inverse, November 12, 2015
You can't teach people to be lazy--either they have it, or they don't.
CHIC YOUNG, Blondie
My experience, both as an individual and therapist, has led me to conclude that laziness as an explanation of human behavior is practically useless. Referring to--or rather, disparaging, or even dismissing--a person as lazy seems to me a glib and overly simplistic way of accounting for a person's apparent disinterest or inertia. And resorting to this term to categorize a person's inactivity suggests to me a laziness more on the part of the describer than the person described. In short, I view this pejorative designation as employed mostly as a "default" when the person talked about is not particularly well understood.
LEON F. SELTZER, "Laziness: Fact or Fiction?", Psychology Today, June 23, 2008
He who knows how to loaf is wiser than three sages.
ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims
You are only as lazy or lacking in willpower as you think you are.
KEN CHRISTIAN, Your Own Worst Enemy
Our minds are as much given to laziness as our bodies.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims and Reflections
Folks as have no mind to be o' use have allays the luck to be out o' the road when there's anything to be done.
GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede
Part of the true luxury of "earned laziness" are the braggin rights that come along with being purposefully and publicly lazy. It is a badge of distinction, an emblem of success, without having to say too much about it. It labels us, affords us kudos, and raises our profile in the "pecking order" of our fellow troglodytes. It says to others, "See, I've done so well that I can afford to do nothing at all whenever I so choose!"
AL GINI, The Importance of Being Lazy