Dorothy Parker Page

“Four be the things I am wiser to know: Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe. Four be the things I'd been better without: Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt. Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne. Three be the things I shall have till I die: Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.”

- Dorothy Parker

John Lubbock Page

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

- John Lubbock

Agatha Christie Page

“I don't think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.”

- Agatha Christie

Source/Notes: An Autobiography (1977)
Lydia Sigourney Page

“In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.”

- Lydia Sigourney

Leo Tolstoy Page

“A person cries out from pain when he takes up hard physical work after a period of idleness. Any rest from the struggle for spiritual improvement brings the same pain.”

- Leo Tolstoy

Source/Notes: September 20. - A Calendar of Wisdom (1908)


Virginia Woolf Page

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

- Virginia Woolf

George MacDonald Page

“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.”

- George MacDonald

Henry Ford Page

“Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.”

- Henry Ford

Voltaire Page

“Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.”

- Voltaire

Mahatma Gandhi Page

“Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.”

- Mahatma Gandhi


Hermann Hesse Page

“The world had caught him; pleasure, covetousness, idleness, and finally also that vice he had always despised and scorned as the most foolish—acquisitiveness. Property, possessions and riches had also finally trapped him. They were no longer a game and a toy. They had become a chain and a burden.”

- Hermann Hesse

Source/Notes: H. Rosner, trans. (Bantam: 1971), pp. 76-79 - Siddhartha (1922)
John Lubbock Page

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.”

- John Lubbock

Source/Notes: The Use of Life (1894), ch. IV: Recreation
Albert Pike Page

“There is a perennial nobleness and even sacredness in work. Be he never so benighted and forgetful of his high calling, there is always hope in a man that actually and earnestly works: in Idleness alone is there perpetual Despair.”

- Albert Pike

Source/Notes: Ch. XXII : Knight of the Royal Axe, or Prince of Libanus, p. 341 - Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871)
William Wordsworth Page

“A day Spent in a round of strenuous idleness.”

- William Wordsworth

Source/Notes: Bk. IV, l. 377. - The Prelude (1799-1805)
Benjamin Franklin Page

“We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride and four times as much by our foolishness.”

- Benjamin Franklin


Anne Baxter Page

“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

Ambrose Bierce Page

“Convent - a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.”

- Ambrose Bierce

Source/Notes: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary (2001 edition), University of Georgia Press - ISBN: 9780820324012