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Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.

Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds, and the holiday of fools.

Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.

Idleness is the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active; and if it be not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy.

Idleness is the burial of a living man.

Idleness is the gate of all harms. - An idle man is like a house that hath no walls; the devils may enter on every side.

Idleness is the key of beggary, and the root of all evil.

Idleness is the sepulcher of virtue.

Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.

Idleness travels very slowly, and poverty soon overtakes her.

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

If a soldier or laborer complains of the hardship of his lot, set him to do nothing.

If idleness do not produce vice or malevolence, it commonly produces melancholy.

If you are idle you are on the way to ruin, and there are few stopping places upon it. - It is rather a precipice than a road.

In idleness there is perpetual despair.

It is a mistake to imagine, that the violent passions only, such as ambition and love, can triumph over the rest. Idleness, languid as it is, often masters them all; she influences all our designs and actions, and insensibly consumes and destroys both passions and virtues.

It is an undoubted truth that the less one has to do the less time one finds to do it in. One yawns, one procrastinates, one can do it when one will, and, therefore, one seldom does it at all; whereas, those who have a great deal of business must buckle to it; and then they always find time enough to do it.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.


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