Laziness

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others.

Laziness is the beginning of all vices.

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs, and ends in iron chains. The more one has to do the more he is able to accomplish.

Laziness breeds humors of the blood.

Trusting to luck is only another name for trusting to laziness.

Six, or at most seven, hour’s sleep is, for a constancy, as much as you or anybody else can want; more is only laziness and dozing, and is, I am persuaded, both unwholesome and stupefying.

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

If we overcome laziness, all the other impediments to spiritual growth will be overcome. If we do not, none of the others will be hurdled.

No matter what his present state, man can change for the better through self-control, discipline, and following proper diet and health laws. Why do you think you cannot change? Mental laziness is the secret cause of all weakness.

Poverty is dishonorable, not in itself, but when it is a proof of laziness, intemperance, luxury, and carelessness; whereas in a person that is temperate, industrious, just and valiant, and who uses all his virtues for the public good, it shows a great and lofty mind.

Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence.

The bad that comes from laziness does not come about in one
fell swoop, but slowly and without notice. It comes in a
sequence of one leisurely bad deed after another, until you find
yourself sunk in evil.

But one cannot achieve anything through laziness and procrastination. People who desire worldly enjoyment say about spiritual progress: 'Well, it will all happen in time. We shall realize God some time or other.'

I hate a fellow whom pride, or cowardice, or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl; let him come out as I do, and bark.

Nationalism appeals to our tribal instincts, to passion and to prejudice, and to our nostalgic desire to be relieved from the strain of individual responsibility which it attempts to replace by a collective or group responsibility.

Each day befriend a single fear, and the miscellaneous terrors of being human will never join together to form such a morass of vague anxiety that it rules your life from the shadows of the unconscious. We learn to fly not by being fearless, but by the daily practice of courage.

Ease, a neutral state between pain and pleasure ... if it is not rising into pleasure will be falling towards pain.

Extended empire, like expanded gold exchanges solid strength for feeble splendor.

I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.