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A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of Hell.
A physician can sometimes bury the scythe of death, but he has no power over the sand in the hourglass.
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.
It is no rest to be idle.
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
There is less leisure now than in the Middle Ages, when one third of the year consisted of holidays and festivals.
Any fool can be fussy and rid himself of energy all over the place, but a man has to have something in him before he can settle down to do nothing.
Extreme busyness, whether at school, or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.
The hardest work is to go idle.
Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness.
Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.
With enough 'ifs' we could put Paris into a bottle.
We are lazier in our minds than in our bodies.
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.
He is idle that might be better employed.
Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness.
Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start.
Did nothing in particular, and did it very well.
If a soldier or labourer complains of the hardship of his lot, set him to do nothing.
How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.
Some people have a perfect genius for doing nothing, and doing it assiduously.
Idleness is the holiday of fools.
He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.
For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do.


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