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It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their time, to be employed in its service; but idleness taxes many of us much more; sloth, by bringing on diseases, absolutely shortens life. Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright. Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. How much more than is necessary do we spend in sleep, forgetting that the sleeping fox catches no poultry, and there will be sleeping enough in the grave!

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more business a man has to do the more he is able to accomplish, for he learns to economize his time.

Life is a short day; but it is a working day. Activity may lead to evil, but inactivity cannot lead to good.

Life is a zoo in a jungle.

More free time means more time to waste. The worker who used to have only a little time in which to get drunk and beat his wife now has time to get drunk, beat his wife - and watch TV.

Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind.

Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness.

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

Not only is he idle who is doing nothing, but he that might be better employed.

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without passion, without business, without entertainment, without care. It is then that he recognizes that he is empty, insufficient, dependent, ineffectual. From the depths of his soul now comes at once boredom, gloom, sorrow, chagrin, resentment and despair.

Of all our faults, that which we most readily admit is indolence.-We persuade ourselves that it cherishes all the peaceful virtues, and that without destroying the others it merely suspends their functions.

One monster there is in the world, the idle man.

Rather do what is nothing to the purpose than be idle, that the devil may find thee doing. - The bird that sits is easily shot when the fliers escape the fowler. - Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all the virtues, and is the self-made sepulcher of a living man.

Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

So long as idleness is quite shut out from our lives, all the sins of wantonness, softness, and effeminacy are prevented; and there is but little room for temptation.

Some people have a perfect genius for doing nothing, and doing it assiduously.

Stagnation is something worse than death. It is corruption, also.

Ten thousand harms more than the ills we knew, our idleness doth hatch.

The busy man is troubled with but one devil; the idle man by a thousand.


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