Idealism quotes and quotations
I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts.
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.
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
David T. Wolf
An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
Evil thoughts often come from idleness.
I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.
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!
As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy.
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention -- invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
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.
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.
It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
In the diligence of his idleness.
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.
An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.
For idleness is an appendix to nobility.
I was raised to feel that doing nothing was a sin. I had to learn to do nothing.
Thus idly busy rolls their world away.
What heart can think, or tongue express, The harm that groweth of idleness?
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.
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.
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.
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.