QUOTES about SLOTH and LAZINESS

Sloth means awakening with nothing to do and then doing nothing about it. Tim Proust  

The Slothful do not have the time to become virtuous or despicable. Thoreau

The slothful are always ready to engage in idle talk of what will be done tomorrow, and every day after. John Lyly

Weariness can snore upon the flint when resting sloth finds the down pillow hard. Shakespeare

Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult. Samuel Johnson

Anecdote: Idleness and laziness; beware of these two enemies. They tarnish life and fill it with boredom, weariness and danger. However barren it might seem to begin a task, never be discouraged. With perseverance, you will come to like what today seems a needless and uninteresting enterprise. Quote source: Princess Mathilde Bonaparte

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. K.J.B

The scent of Sloth tempts a smug man. James Boswell 

The only word to mind that describes my behavior is Sloth. Pinter (Regal quips)

The truly slothful achieve more of less than they did yesterday. Hannah Crowley

The slothful play their idle games while the poor must toil and pay. Vivian R Elder

Flee laziness which while it produces an immediate delight, ends in the sorrow of repentance. And know that nature without exercise is a seed shut up in the pod, and art without practice is nothing. Pietro Aretino

Idleness is the parent of all psychology. Nietzsche

It is the just doom of laziness and gluttony to be inactive without ease and drowsy without tranquility. Samuel Johnson

To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affection; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar. Francis Bacon

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. Benjamin Franklin

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

No man is so methodical as a complete idler, and none so scrupulous in measuring out his time as he whose time is worth nothing. Washington Irving

The lazy are always wanting to do something. Vauvenargues

The devil tempts all other men, but slothful men tempt the devil. Proverb

By to much sitting still the body becomes unhealthy; and soon the mind. Hyperion

What will be done at anytime will be done at no time. Thomas Fuller

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis 

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable. Henry Adams

For the diligent a week has seven days, for the slothful seven tomorrows. Polish Proverb

I plan to procrastinate, but as yet cannot seem to find the time. Anon

Giving praise is the lazy man’s way of providing help and support to the hard at work. Walter Braithwaite 

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle. Samuel Johnson

Man like every other animal is by nature indolent. If nothing spurs him on, then he will hardly think, and will behave from habit like an automaton. Einstein

The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. Liz Smith

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others. Jules Renard

Don't yield to that alluring witch, laziness, or else be prepared to surrender all that you have won in your better moments. Horace

By his very success in inventing labor saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed. Lewis Mumford

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him. Benjamin Franklin

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain for himself. Epicurus 

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected: the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition. W. H. Auden

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to it himself. A. H. Weiler

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Bible quotes 18.9 (K.J.V)

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. Emerson

There is no kind of idleness by which we are so easily seduced as that which dignifies itself by the appearance of business. Samuel Johnson

DEFINITION and MEANING
Sloth is an early word for what we now deem laziness. Such terms as “unmotivated” have come to replace, and to some degree justify, lack of achievement. While it is harder for some than others to battle this tendency, ultimately the pride we can later take in an accomplishment is built on this conquest.