Idleness Quotes (209 quotes)
Manuscript, Sermons; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 384.
“Give me to live with Love alone
And let the world go dine and dress;
For Love hath lowly haunts...
If life's a flower, I choose my own—
'T is love in Idleness.”
―Samuel Laman Blanchard
Dolce far Niente, Stanza 4, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
“We are made weak both by idleness and distrust of ourselves. Unfortunate, indeed, is he who suffers from both. If he is a mere individual he becomes nothing; if he is a king he is lost.”
Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)
“To have time was at once the most magnificent and the most dangerous of experiments. Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.”
A Happy Death (1971)
“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness — its opposite — never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.”
―Miguel de Cervantes
Part II, Book IV, ch. 38. - Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605-1615)
“Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.”
Le Pur et l'Impur (The Pure and the Impure) (1932)
“The clerisy are those who read for pleasure, but not for idleness; who read for pastime but not to kill time; who love books, but do not live by books.”
A Voice from the Attic (1960)