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Quotes About Laziness

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“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”
Paul Terry

Thomas A. Edison
“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”
Thomas A. Edison

N.H. Kleinbaum
“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”
N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society

Robert A. Heinlein
“Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Jarod Kintz
“I’m not a very good sleeper. But you know what? I’m willing to put in a few extra hours every day to get better. That’s just the kind of hard worker I am.”
Jarod Kintz, Whenever You're Gone, I'm Here For You

Jarod Kintz
“From the ages of 8-18, me and my family moved around a lot. Mostly we would just stretch, but occasionally one of us would actually get up to go to the fridge.”
Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

Albert Camus
“Mostly, I could tell, I made him feel uncomfortable. He didn't understand me, and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. But really there wasn't much point, and I gave up the idea out of laziness.”
Albert Camus, L'Étranger

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Ronald Reagan
“I've heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?”
Ronald Reagan

Agatha Christie
“I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.”
Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

Paul Rudnick
“As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.”
Paul Rudnick

“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will--tomorrow”
Gloria Pitzer

Criss Jami
“I often find that people confuse inner peace with some sense of insensibility whenever something goes wrong. In such cases inner peace is a permit for destruction: The unyielding optimist will pretend that the forest is not burning either because he is too lazy or too afraid to go and put the fire out.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

كريم الشاذلي
“أن الخطر -كل الخطر- في أن نصغي لأي صوت بداخلنا يدعونا إلى الاستسلام ، والقعود ، و قتل الهمة”
كريم الشاذلي, أفكار صغيرة لحياة كبيرة

Jarod Kintz
“Hoping to get a head start on the next day, I eat breakfast the night before. That way I can sleep in until two in the afternoon.”
Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Stay away from lazy parasites, who perch on you just to satisfy their needs, they do not come to alleviate your burdens, hence, their mission is to distract, detract and extract, and make you live in abject poverty.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Immanuel Kant
“Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction (naturaliter maiorennes), nevertheless remains under lifelong tutelage, and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so easy not to be of age. If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a physician who decides my diet, and so forth, I need not trouble myself. I need not think, if I can only pay - others will easily undertake the irksome work for me.

That the step to competence is held to be very dangerous by the far greater portion of mankind...”
Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

Alfred Bester
“You pigs, you. You rut like pigs, is all. You got the most in you, and you use the least. You hear me, you? Got a million in you and spend pennies. Got a genius in you and think crazies. Got a heart in you and feel empties. All a you. Every you...'

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Take a war to make you spend. Take a jam to make you think. Take a challenge to make you great. Rest of the time you sit around lazy, you. Pigs, you! All right, God damn you! I challenge you, me. Die or live and be great. Blow yourselves to Christ gone or come and find me, Gully Foyle, and I make you men. I make you great. I give you the stars.”
Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination

Elbert Hubbard
“Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do”
Elbert Hubbard

Bill Callahan
“I was trained to turn loneliness into laziness.”
Bill Callahan, Letters to Emma Bowlcut

Stephen Richards
“Both positive and negative thinking are contagious.”
Stephen Richards, Overcoming Procrastination

Derek Landy
“But I'm really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake.”
Derek Landy, Mortal Coil

Daniil Kharms
“I was most happy when pen and paper were taken from me and I was forbidden from doing anything. I had no anxiety about doing nothing by my own fault, my conscience was clear, and I was happy. This was when I was in prison.”
Daniil Kharms, Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings

“Laziness is the first step towards efficiency.”
Patrick Bennett

Benjamin Franklin
“Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.”
Benjamin Franklin

W.H. Auden
“Laziness acknowledges the relation of the present to the past but ignores its relation to the future; impatience acknowledge its relation to the future but ignores its relation to the past; neither the lazy nor the impatient man, that is, accepts the present instant in its full reality and so cannot love his neighbour completely.”
W.H. Auden, The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Prose, Volume III: 1949-1955

Arthur Conan Doyle
“I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air -- or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Under such circumstances, I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Charles Baudelaire
“We revel in the laxness of the path we take.”
Charles Baudelaire

“i have no point in procrastinating any longer..”
Flora Rheta Schreiber

François Mauriac
“The effort of explaining, even of expressing himself, had become, with the years, more and more terrifying to him. Whether from laziness or from inability to find the right words, he had developed almost a passion for silence.”
François Mauriac, Thérèse

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