Idleness is the badge of the gentry, the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the stepmother of discipline, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active, and, if it is not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy.

Anger held internally changes our impressions of the past and distorts our view of current reality. All of this anger becomes unfinished business not merely with others, but with ourselves.

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.

Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the Author chooses. If short, then in a short one; if long, then in a long one. If it be His pleasure that you should act a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen. For this is your business to act well the given part; but to choose it, belongs to another.

What is the first business of philosophy? To part (throw away) with self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding.

Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring; for ornament is in discourse; and ability is in the judgment and disposition of business. For expert men can execute, and, perhaps, judge of particulars, one by one; but the general counsels and the plots and marshaling of affairs come best from those that are learned.

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like the bats amongst the birds, they ever fly by twilight: certainly they are to be repressed, or at least well guarded, for they cloud the mind, lose friends, check business, dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy; they are defects, not in the heart, but in the brain.

To choose time is to save time; and an unseasonable motion is but beating the air. There be three parts of business - the preparation, the debate or examination, and the perfection; whereof, if you look for despatch, let the middle only be the work of many, and the first and last the work of few.

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

The most solid comfort one can fall back upon is the thought that the business of one's life is to help in some small way to reduce the sum of ignorance, degradation and misery on the face of this beautiful earth.

Method is the hinge of business, and there is no method without order and punctuality.

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.

You may raise money enough to tunnel a mountain, but you cannot raise money enough to hire a man who is minding his own business. An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not.

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality

In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.

It is just as important that business keep out of government as that government keep out of business.

Men who have great riches and little culture rush into business, because they are weary of themselves.

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You've got to keep working that talent.