Sloth Quotes

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Ray Bradbury
“Stuff your eyes with wonder," he said, "live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that," he said, "shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.”
Ray Bradbury

Chuck Palahniuk
“Why do I do anything?' she says. 'I'm educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I'm so smart I can negate any dream.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

“Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.”
Jon Foreman

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

Patrick O'Brian
“Jack, you've debauched my sloth.”
Patrick O'Brian, H.M.S. Surprise

Peter Kreeft
“Violence is spiritual junk food, and boredom is spiritual anorexia.”
Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock

Leslie Connor
“In the morning I woke like a sloth in the fog.”
Leslie Connor, Waiting for Normal

Debra Dunbar
“He shook his head in exasperation. “Are you sure you’re not a Succubus? You seem really obsessed with the sin of lust.”

“It’s a good sin. I like gluttony an awful lot, too. Sloth has its moments, but I just don’t understand acedia at all. I mean, what the f**k is that anyway? Oh, and greed is good, to quote Gordon Gekko. Anger, envy and pride,” I ticked them off on my fingers. “I don’t often have much use for them. It’s a shortcoming that I’m hoping to correct in the next millennium or two. I’m not very old; I can’t be expected to have mastered them all yet.”

“I think you’ve worked too hard on some of those,” he said dryly. “Maybe you should switch over to virtues instead. Give yourself a much needed break.”

Virtues? Yeah, right.

“Virtues are too difficult,” I told him, shaking my head. “Look how old you are and you’ve hardly made a dent in them. I’ll admit, you seem to have zeal nailed, as well as faith and temperance. Self control? I’ve got my doubts based on your recent actions. I’m not seeing the kindness, love or generosity, either. That humility thing seems to be pretty far beyond your reach, too. Really, really far. I’m sorry to tell you this, but from what I can see, the sin of pride is a major component of your character. Dude, you’re f**king old. You should have these things pretty well ticked off your shopping list by now. I’m seriously disappointed. Seriously.”
Debra Dunbar, A Demon Bound

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Stop sleeping, Get to work! You will have much time to sleep when you die.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Criss Jami
“A good work ethic is not so much a concern for hard work but rather one for responsibility. There have been a great many men and women who have in fact used work or hustle or selfish ambition as an escape from real responsibility, an escape from purpose. In matters such as these, the hard worker is just as dysfunctional as the sloth.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Pantelis Nikolaos Kassotis
“Pursuing an artistic existence can let you experience emotions you wouldn’t know otherwise. It gives you hope and helps you see the beauty in life even in the most unlikely of places.”
Pantelis Kassotis, Sloth: Porkotyler Anniversary Edition
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William Wilberforce
“A soft luxurious course of habitual indulgence, is the practice of the bulk of modern Christians: and that constant moderation, that wholesome discipline of restraint and self-denial, which are requisite to prevent the unperceived encroachments of the inferior appetites, seem altogether disused, as the exploded austerities of monkish superstition...

But the persons of whom we are now speaking, forgetting alike the duties they owe to themselves and to their fellow-creatures, often act as though their condition were meant to be a state of uniform indulgence, and vacant, unprofitable sloth...

To multiply the comforts of affluence, to provide for the gratification of appetite, to be luxurious without diseases, and indolent without lassitude, seems the chief study of their lives. Others again seem more to attach themselves to what have been well termed the ‘pomps and vanities of this world.’ Magnificent houses, grand equipages, numerous retinues, splendid entertainments, high and fashionable connections, appear to constitute, in their estimation, the supreme happiness of life.”
William Wilberforce, A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious Systems

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some people are so lazy that praying is always their plan A.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Corey Taylor
“Can you imagine how boring life would be without the seven little spices? you talk about sloth, but why would men and women get out of bed if there were no lust? Why would people want to be in a band if they couldn't feel the rush that rage bring to the musical table? Why would anyone want to be a bleeding heart without even a hint of greed in their dirty little soul? Why would the world go round if there weren't a few rules to break? A few revolutions to make? Let's put it this way: Why would you want to take a deep breath if you were expected to hold the damn thing?”
Corey Taylor, Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good

Criss Jami
“Envy is Pride's infection on inspiration...while Angered then Eaten by the Greed of a Lazy Lust.”
Criss Jami

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The comfort zone is a region where great dreams go to get murdered, buried and forgotten.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

Richard Baxter
“[I]f thou loiter when thou shouldst labour, thou wilt lose the crown. O fall to work then speedily and seriously, and bless God that thou hast yet time to do it; and though that which is past cannot be recalled, yet redeem the time now by doubling thy diligence (260).”
Richard Baxter, The Saints' Everlasting Rest

Ahmed Mostafa
“Headaches are for sloths as hangovers for drunks.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Jessie Burton
“Hard grind got us the glory, the saying goes—but sloth will slide us back into the sea. And these days, the rising waters feel so near.”
Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Hard work is even more pleasing in the rich, whereas laziness is even more disgusting in the poor.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Life is too short for one to stay indoors, watch TV, doze off, and snore.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Peter J. Carroll
“Do you use 'True Will' as an excuse to do nothing?

Have you declared yourself enlightened?

Damn your weak philosophies; a pox and a pestilence your despicable sloth and arrogance.”
Peter J. Carroll, Psybermagick: Advanced Ideas in Chaos Magick

Jack Heath
“Lesson 1: Don't trust anybody.
Lesson 2: Be confident.
Lesson 3: Nothing is ever what it seems.
Lesson 4: When you're outgunned, stay quiet.”
Jack Heath, The Cut Out

Joe Beaton
“If every time we fall short of our aspirations, we lower them, it won't take long before we plummet to sloth.”
Joe Beaton

“Awake, awake, you that sleep. Open your eyes, stand on your feet, and behold and see what a sea of blood and wrath is here!" See and believe; believe and consider; consider and fear; fear and fly; and make haste in your work. Your work is great and mighty; diversions are many; adversaries are strong; your strength is small; your time is short; your account is great. Death and judgment are at the door. Therefore, up and be doing, now or never.”
John Fox, Time and the End of Time: Discourses on Redeeming the Time and Considering Our Latter End

Ivan Goncharov
“Having done with the cares of business, Oblomov liked to withdraw into himself and live in the world of his own creation. He was not unacquainted with the joys of lofty thoughts; he was not unfamiliar with human sorrows. Sometimes he wept bitterly in his heart of hearts over the calamities of mankind and experienced secret and nameless sufferings and anguish and a yearning for something far away, for the world, perhaps, where Stolz used to carry him away. ... Sweet tears flowed from his eyes.

It would also happen that sometimes he would be filled with contempt for human vice, lies, and slanders, for the evil that was rife in the world, and he was consumed by a desire to point out to man his sores, and suddenly thoughts were kindled in him, sweeping through his head like waves of the sea, growing into intentions, setting his blood on fire, flexing his muscles, and swelling his veins; then his intentions turned to strivings; moved by a spiritual force, he would change his position two or three times in one minute, and half-rising on his couch with blazing eyes, stretch forth his hand and look around him like one inspired. ... In another moment the striving would turn into a heroic act – and then, heavens! What wonders, what beneficent results might one not expect from such a lofty effort!

But the morning passed, the day was drawing to its close, and with it Oblomov's exhausted energies were crying out for a rest: the storms and emotions died down, his head recovered from the spell of his reverie, and his blood flowed more slowly in his veins. Oblomov turned on his back quietly and wistfully and, fixing a sorrowful gaze at the window and the sky, mournfully watched the sun setting gorgeously behind a four-storied house. How many times had he watched the sun set like that!”
Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov

Margaret Doody
“It is his vegetable ambition never to stir.”
Margaret Doody, Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places

“If you feel that you are overwhelmed by the amount of work before you and by the difficulties involved, do not permit indolence to discourage you. Begin with what demands your immediate attention and do not think of the rest. Be very diligent, for when this is well done, the remainder will follow with much less trouble than you had anticipated.”
Lorenzo Scupoli, The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul

C.S. Lewis
“We have attempted to reduce all virtues to kindness. Plato rightly taught that virtue is one. You cannot be kind unless you have all the other virtues. If being cowardly, conceited, and slothful, you have never done a fellow creature great mischief, that is only because your neighbors welfare has not yet happened to conflict with your safety, your self approval, or ease. Every vice leads to cruelty. Even a good emotion, pity, if not controlled by charity and justice leads through anger to cruelty. Most atrocities are stimulated by accounts of the enemies atrocities and pity for the suppressed classes when separated from the moral law as a whole leads by a very natural process to the unremitting brutalities of a rein of terror.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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