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Idealism quotes and quotations

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
Carl Sandburg

It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts.
Sidney Madwed

Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence.

Indolence is the sleep of the mind.
Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

There is no remedy for time misspent; No healing for the waste of idleness, Whose very languor is a punishment Heavier than active souls can feel or guess.
Sir Aubrey de Vere

Their only labour was to kill the time; And labour dire it is, and weary woe, They sit, they loll, turn o'er some idle rhyme, Then, rising sudden, to the glass they go, Or saunter forth, with tottering steps and slow.
James Thomson (1)

The hardest work of all is to do nothing.

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.
Jerome K. Jerome

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
H. L. Mencken

A man's real worth is determined by what he does when he has nothing to do.
Megiddo Message

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
David T. Wolf

An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
Henry Ford

Evil thoughts often come from idleness.
Gaelic Proverb

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.
Sherlock Holmes

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too!
William Cowper

As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
Samuel Johnson

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

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
Robert Anton Wilson

Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.
Hosea Ballou

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.
Sir James M. Barrie

A nation rushing hastily too and fro, busily employed in idleness.

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
Jeremy Collier

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
Virginia Woolf

In the diligence of his idleness.
Hosea Ballou

That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
Robert Burton

An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.
William Cowper

For idleness is an appendix to nobility.
Robert Burton

I was raised to feel that doing nothing was a sin. I had to learn to do nothing.
Jenny Joseph

Thus idly busy rolls their world away.
Oliver Goldsmith

What heart can think, or tongue express, The harm that groweth of idleness?
John Heywood

I live an idle burden to the ground.

Busy idleness urges us on.

Valor, gradually overpowered by the delicious poison of sloth, grows torpid.
Caius Silius Italicus

Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.
Samuel Johnson

An idle life always produces varied inclinations.

The frivolous work of polished idleness. - Sir James Mackintosh,
Sir James Mackintosh

Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves.

Thee too, my Paridel! she mark'd thee there, Stretch'd on the rack of a too easy chair, And heard thy everlasting yarn confess The Pains and Penalties of Idleness.
Alexander Pope

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.

A man who has no office to go to--I don't care who he is--is a trial of which you can have no conception.
George Bernard Shaw

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
Benjamin Franklin

Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness - the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.
George MacDonald