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Quotations about Laziness

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.  ~Jules Renard

I like the word "indolence." It makes my laziness seem classy.  ~Bern Williams

I have frequently held myself compensated for all my indolence by the fact that I recognized it; and the pleasure which the accurate observation of a personal fault afforded me was often greater than the chagrin caused by the fault itself. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), "The Character of a Person of my Acquaintance"  [Lichtenberg's unfinished "autopsychography" (Norman Alliston, 1908). —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

All of the biggest technological inventions created by man — the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.  ~Mark Kennedy

Efficiency is intelligent laziness.  ~David Dunham

People who throw kisses are mighty hopelessly lazy.  ~Bob Hope

Indolence is the mother of misery. ~Galen

Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.  ~Jimmy Lyons

LAZINESS is like money — the more a man has the more he seems to want. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

Work is the law of the modern world, which has no place for lazy people. ~Mihai Eminescu, translated by Oana Platon

The Lazy Man, before his Task is done,
Will take a Dozen Steps in saving One.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Order," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?  ~Ronald Reagan

What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.  ~Bodie Thoene, Warsaw Requiem

The Three Great Sins to which our Woes are traced
Are Cruelty and Laziness and Waste.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Reproof," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Laziness will cause you pain.  ~Slogan on T-shirt worn at the Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self-Defense

The laggard's idea is to press a button for everything and do nothing but rest. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

There is no cure for laziness but a large family helps.  ~Herbert Prochnov

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.  ~Charlie McCarthy

We have produced a world of contented bodies and discontented minds.  ~Adam Clayton Powell, Keep the Faith, Baby!, 1967

A second is lost every time a lazy man looks at the clock. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

If you're too lazy to start anything, you may get a reputation for patience.  ~Author Unknown

I slip from workaholic to bum real easy.  ~Matthew Broderick

The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer.  ~Henry Clay

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

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?  ~Paul Sweeney

The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence.  Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.  ~Søren Kierkegaard

If Joan of Arc could turn the tide of an entire ware before her 18th birthday, you can get out of bed.  ~E. Jean Carroll

It is easier to mend neglect than to quicken love.  ~Saint Jerome

With me, it was my liver that was out of order.... I had just been reading a patent liver-pill circular, in which were detailed the various symptoms by which a man could tell when his liver was out of order.... I had the symptoms, beyond all mistake, the chief among them being "a general disinclination to work of any kind".... As a boy, the disease hardly ever left me for a day. They did not know, then, that it was my liver. Medical science was in a far less advanced state than now, and they used to put it down to laziness. "Why, you skulking little devil, you," they would say, "get up and do something for your living, can't you?"—not knowing, of course, that I was ill. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.  ~Charles Dickens

People that are organized are just too lazy to get up and look for it.  ~Author Unknown

The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid.  Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to encourage in others.  ~Oscar Wilde

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.  ~Milton Friedman

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