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Laziness

  • I have come to the conclusion that almost no one on earth is lazy. The truth is that the man you call lazy just doesn't want to do your kind of work; he wants to do his kind.

  • I'm like the laziest person who ever lived. It's amazing to me I even sit up.

  • The snag in being married to a person who knows more or less everything is that one gets hopelessly lazy. ... I never look things up in books because all I need to do is ask him, and when he gives me the answers I don't properly commit them to memory because I know if I forget all I have to do is to ask him again. It is rather like keeping one's brain in a suitcase.

  • ... so much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a more devastating and destructive effect upon society than the others.

  • ... it is a shocking trick for a young person to be always lolling upon a sofa.

  • There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

  • To Jackson the human leg was an obsolete form of conveyance. To use it betokened extreme penury or a barbaric devotion to exercise.

  • To will the impossible is usually a sin of indolence.

  • For the lazy, all work is difficult.

  • ... the lazy man and the stingy man end up walking their road twice.

  • ... the less one does, as I long ago observed, the less one can find time to do.

    • Jane Welsh Carlyle,
    • letter (1865), in James Anthony Froude, ed., Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle, vol. 2 ()
  • Sloth is the fastest-growing lifestyle movement in the world, and that's because it is completely doable. If you embrace sloth, it's the last thing you'll ever have to do again.

  • Laziness is an art, idleness is only a craft.

  • I ask myself, 'why am I so lazy?' and am too lazy to reply.

    • Rose Wilder Lane,
    • 1928, in William Holtz, ed., Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane: Forty Years of Friendship ()
  • Lazy people always work harder than anyone else; they're so eager to get through and lie down again.

  • Okay, I'm lazy. But being lazy is a talent. Sometimes it takes an awful lot of work.