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Indolence

I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten -- before the end is told -- even if there happens to be any end to it.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.

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

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