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Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals. Voltaire#Idleness 113
Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind. Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease. Henry Ford#Idleness 76
Henry Ford#Idleness 76
Idleness is the burial of a living man. Jeremy Taylor#Idleness 63
Jeremy Taylor#Idleness 63
There is no greater cause of melancholy than idleness. Robert Burton#Idleness 61
Robert Burton#Idleness 61
Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame. Hesiod#Idleness 53
He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed. Socrates#Idleness 51
From its very inaction, idleness ultimately becomes the most active cause of evil; as a palsy is more to be dreaded than a fever. The Turks have a proverb which says that the devil tempts all other men, but that idle men tempt the devil. Charles Caleb Colton#Idleness 46
Charles Caleb Colton#Idleness 46
Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds. Lord Chesterfield#Idleness 45
Lord Chesterfield#Idleness 45
Idleness, we are accustomed to say, is the root of all evil. To prevent this evil, work is recommended.... Idleness as such is by no means a root of evil; on the contrary, it is truly a divine life, if one is not bored.... Søren Kierkegaard#Idleness 43
Søren Kierkegaard#Idleness 43
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#Idleness 42
Samuel Johnson#Idleness 42
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