Laziness Quotes

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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 Heinlein

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

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

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

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, Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Stephen Richards
“Both positive and negative thinking are contagious.”
Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination

Julia Cameron
“Procrastination is not Laziness", I tell him. "It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.”
Julia Cameron, The Prosperous Heart

Cassandra Clare
“Well, I'm a Lovelace. My family quit Shadowhunting due to laziness in the 1700s.”
Cassandra Clare, Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy

Erik Pevernagie
“It’s hard to safeguard a genuine life course, when love tips over from endearing care into tedium, through laziness of imagination or loss of interest, and the storyline becomes barren and desolate, insipidly dull, turning into a threadbare act with the same trite modus operandi. “The same procedure as every year, James!” ("Things needing to be changed")”
Erik Pevernagie

Erik Pevernagie
“Laziness can be a value on its own for those who want to show supremacy through contempt for work and wish to be free individuals by fighting the enslavement to labor. While they don’t want to become dependent on ‘wage slavery’ and their livelihood only hinges on salaries, they feel confined to a social stratification, causing a collective stigma that results in poverty and underfeeding. (The daily job)”
Erik Pevernagie

Erik Pevernagie
“If brainstorming becomes 'blamestorming' by reason of time pressure or on account of pure laziness, the truth may be assaulted and unyieldingly vilified . Blamestorming becomes then downright a perfidious appeal to scapegoating with a torrent of frantic manhunts for 'culprits on duty'. ('Blamestorming')”
Erik Pevernagie

C.S. Lewis
“And no one ever told me about the laziness of grief. Except at my job--where the machine seems to run on much as usual--I loathe the slightest effort. Not only writing but even reading a letter is too much.”
C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

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

Karl Marx
“The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.”
Karl Marx

Andrew McEwan
“The worst mistake a writer can make is to assume everyone has an imagination.”
Andrew McEwan

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

“The generality of mankind is lazy. What distinguishes men of genuine achievement from the rest of us is not so much their intellectual powers and aptitudes as their curiosity, their energy, their fullest use of their potentialities. Nobody really knows how smart or talented he is until he finds the incentives to use himself to the fullest. God has given us more than we know what to do with.”
Sydney J. Harris

John Stuart Mill
“Both teachers and learners go to sleep at their post as soon as there is no enemy in the field.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Shannon L. Alder
“Conformity begins the moment you ignore how you feel for acceptance.”
Shannon L. Alder

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