quotations about laziness
Lazy folks take the most pains.
J. W. MONETTE, attributed, Day's Collacon
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
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 is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
JULES RENARD, attributed, Eat These Words
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, The Way to Wealth
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
CHARLES DICKENS, Barnaby Rudge
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
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
Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all Virtues.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757
Laziness is definitely a negative energy, a strong negative action, actually. I see two kinds of laziness, Eastern laziness and Western laziness. I have Eastern laziness. If I get a nice cup of tea and a nice, warm little spot with maybe a nice book to read, I will sit there and won't move!... Western laziness is busy-ness. You Westerners don't have that problem of sitting idle. You don't want to sit idle, unless you are sick. If you sit on the bed, people will ask, "Are you sick?" If you don't move, they presume you are sick. Western laziness is to keep yourself so busy you don't do what you are supposed to do.
GELEK RIMPOCHE, Transforming Negativities
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
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
I think my laziness is actually good for the lawn.
TOM ATWELL, "The grass is not always greener. On our lawns, that is.", Portland Press Herald, March 27, 2016
Let's be real here: Laziness is not going to bring you a gorgeous home, the career of your dreams, an amazing spouse or a beautiful life.
EVA GUTIERREZ, "3 Ways To Fight Off Your Never-Ending Case Of Winter Laziness", Elite Daily, January 25, 2016
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