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Idleness is an appendix to nobility.

Robert Burton (1577-1640) English scholar.

The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.

William Cowper (1731-1800) British poet.

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.

Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian satirist.

There is nothing worse than an idle hour, with no occupation offering. People who have many such hours are simply animals waiting docilely for death. We all come to that state soon or late. It is the curse of senility.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.


He that is doing nothing is seldom in need of helpers.


The hardest work of all is to do nothing.


An idle brain is the devil's workshop.

English proverb

Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.

Jean Paul (1763-1825) German novelist and humorist.

A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895) Scottish essayist, poet and novelist.