| Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.|
Hosea BallouMS. Sermons.
|Diligenter per vacuitatem suam.|
In the diligence of his idleness.
Book of Wisdom. XIII. 13. (Vulgate LXX.)
|For idleness is an appendix to nobility.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Memb. 2. Subsect. 6.
|An idler is a watch that wants both hands;|
As useless if it goes as when it stands.
|How various his employments whom the world|
Calls idle; and who justly in return
Esteems that busy world an idler too!
CowperTask. Bk. III. The Garden. L. 342.
|Thus idly busy rolls their world away.|
GoldsmithThe Traveller. L. 256.
|What heart can think, or tongue express,|
The harm that groweth of idleness?
|I live an idle burden to the ground.|
HomerIliad. Bk. XVIII. L. 134. Popes trans.
|Strenua nos exercet inertia.|
Busy idleness urges us on.
HoraceEpistles. Bk. I. XI. 28. Same idea in PhædrusFables. II. V. 3: SenecaDe Brevitate Vitæ. Ch. XIII and XV.
|Vitanda est improba syrendesidia.|
That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.
HoraceSatires. II. 3. 14.
|Gloomy calm of idle vacancy.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. Dec. 8, 1763.
|Variam semper dant otia mentem.|
An idle life always produces varied inclinations.
LucanPharsalia. IV. 704.
|The frivolous work of polished idleness.|
Sir James MackintoshDissertation on Ethical Philosophy. Remarks on Thomas Brown.
|Cernis ut ignavum corrumpant otia corpus|
Ut capiant vitium ni moveantur aquæ.
Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves.
OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. I. 5. 5.
|Thee too, my Paridel! she markd thee there,|
Stretchd on the rack of a too easy chair,
And heard thy everlasting yawn confess
The Pains and Penalties of Idleness.
PopeDunciad. Bk. IV. L. 341.
|Difficultas patrocinia præteximus segnitiæ.|
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
QuintilianDe Institutione Oratoria. I. 12.
|I rather would entreat thy company,|
To see the wonders of the world abroad
Than living, dully sluggardized at home,
Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 5.
| Blandoque veneno|
Desidiæ virtus paullatim evicta senescit.
Valor, gradually overpowered by the delicious poison of sloth, grows torpid.
Silius ItalicusPunica. III. 580.
| Utque alios industria, ita hunc ignavia ad famam protulerat.|
Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence.
TacitusAnnales. XVI. 18.
|Their only labour was to kill the time;|
And labour dire it is, and weary woe,
They sit, they loll, turn oer some idle rhyme,
Then, rising sudden, to the glass they go,
Or saunter forth, with tottering steps and slow.
ThomsonCastle of Indolence. Canto I. 72.
|Lindolence est le sommeil des esprits.|
Indolence is the sleep of the mind.
|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 VereA Song of Faith, Devout Exercises, and Sonnets.
|For Satan finds some mischief still|
For idle hands to do.
|Tis the voice of the sluggard, I heard him complain:|
You have waked me too soon, I must slumber again;
As the door on its hinges, so he on his bed,
Turns his sides, and his shoulders and his heavy head.
|But how can he expect that others should|
Build for him, sow for him, and at his call
Love him, who for himself will take no heed at all?
WordsworthResolution and Independence. St. 6.
|Worldlings revelling in the fields|
Of strenuous idleness.
WordsworthThis Lawn, a Carpet all alive.