A Quote by Francis B. Sayre on civilization, idleness, peace, planning, power, stability, and wit

Unless man has the wit and the grit to build his civilization on something better than material power, it is surely idle to talk of plans for a stable peace.

Francis B. Sayre

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A Quote by E.V. Lucas on character, idleness, men, and women

Few women and fewer men have enough character to be idle.

E.V. Lucas

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A Quote by Eric Hoffer on chance, idleness, and originality

Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on experience, idleness, and labor

His Labor is a Chant - His Idleness -a Tune - Oh, for a Bee's experience Of Clovers, and of Noon!

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 916, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on beginning, eternity, friendship, goals, god, idleness, life, play, rest, soul, time, winning, work, and world

Yes, take a little time to play And look at life the other way. God rested when the world was made: Rest now, old friend; be not afraid. But think not that your work is over, That you are now a foot-free rover, A rambler upon idle ways, Whittling away the golden days. For in the road climb to the goal There's no long furlough for a soul. There's no long pause: on every height Another summit swims in sight. The long road rises, scene by scene, With little restings in between. And so I say that every end Is only an unexpected bend In eternal road we go To peaks above from peaks below. The yesterdays are shells we shed: The best is always on ahead. There's always some new world for winning; And every end is a new beginning!

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay on idleness

Whether or not we find what we are seeking Is idle biologically speaking

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)

Source: A Few Figs from Thistles, 1920, I Shall Forget You Presently

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A Quote by Dorothy Parker on friendship, idleness, and sorrow

Four things I am wiser to know: Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

Source: Enough Rope, 1927.

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A Quote by DeWitt M. Emery on business, idleness, labor, lies, and needs

Big business can't prosper without small business to supply its needs and buy its products. Labor can't prosper so long as capital lies idle. Capital can't prosper while labor is unemployed.

DeWitt M. Emery

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on idleness, mind, soul, and thought

The thought in your mind at this moment is contributing, however, infinitesimally, almost imperceptibly to the shaping of your soul, . . . even passing and idle thoughts leave their impression.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: quoted in The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 105.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on feeling, good, idleness, men, passion, sacrifice, secrets, self-denial, shame, victory, and worth

"The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile." [Plato] One secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of inclination to do is worth all of the good thoughts, warm feelings, and passionate prayers in which idle men indulge themselves.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: quoting Plato, Greek philosopher

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