idleness

A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on idleness and pride

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Letter on the Stamp Act, July 1, 1765.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on death, debt, honor, hope, hunger, idleness, life, needs, profit, taxes, trade, and wishes

Industry need not wish, and he that lives upon hopes will die fasting. There are no gains without pains. He that hath a trade hath an estate, and he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor; but then the trade must be worked at and the calling followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes. If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for at the workingman's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while idleness and neglect increase them.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on cheerfulness, day, good, idleness, men, and work

When men are employed, they are best contented; for on the days they worked they were good-natured and cheerful, and, with the consciousness of having done a good day's work, they spent the evening jollily; but on our idle days they were mutinous and quarrelsome.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Autobiography, ch 10

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A Quote by Arthur James, Lord Balfour on effort, happiness, idleness, life, pleasure, superstition, support, trouble, and work

The superstition that all our hours of work are a minus quantity in the happiness of life, and all the hours of idleness are plus ones, is a most ludicrous and pernicious doctrine, and its greatest support comes from our not taking sufficient trouble, not making a real effort, to make work as near pleasure as it can be.

Arthur James Balfour (1848 - 1930)

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A Quote by Arthur Brisbane on good, idleness, power, regret, and time

Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting.

Arthur Brisbane (1864 - 1936)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on devil, growth, idleness, and vices

IDLENESS, n. A model farm where the devil experiments with seeds of new sins and promotes the growth of staple vices.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on dogs, idleness, tolerance, world, and worship

DOG, n. A subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship. . . . [H]is master works for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail, seasoned with a look of tolerant recognition.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on idleness, leisure, meditation, retirement, vices, wishes, and women

CONVENT, n. A place of retirement for woman who wish for leisure to meditate upon the vice of idleness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on corruption, idleness, and life

Symbolism is no mere idle fancy or corrupt degeneration: it is inherent in the very texture of human life.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Agatha Christie on idleness, inventions, laziness, motherhood, necessity, and trouble

I do not think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arise directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

Agatha Christie (1891 - 1976)

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