C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Leisure is empty time.

Countess of Carberry.

He hath no leisure who useth it not.

George Herbert.

Leisure is pain; takes off our chariot wheels; how heavily we drag the load of life.


Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leasure the diligent man will obtain; but the lazy man, never.

Benjamin Franklin.

  • Retired Leisure,
  • That in trim gardens takes his pleasure.
  • Milton.

    I am never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when I am alone.

    Scipio Africanus.

    Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure; and, since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.

    Benjamin Franklin.

    Remove but the temptations of leisure, and the bow of Cupid will lose its effect.


    Life is rendered most agreeable by alternate occupation and leisure.


    You cannot find an instance of any man, who is permitted to lay out his own time, contriving not to have tedious hours.


    Leisure will always be found by persons who know how to employ their time; those who want time are the people who do nothing.

    Mme. Roland.

    I pant beyond expression for two days of absolute and unbroken leisure. If it were not for my love of beautiful nature and poetry, my heart would have died within me long ago.

    Lord Jeffrey.

    Leisure is gone,—gone where the spinning-wheels are gone, and the pack-horses, and the slow wagons, and the peddlers, who brought bargains to the door on sunny afternoons.

    George Eliot.

    Leisure and solitude are the best effect of riches, because the mother of thought. Both are avoided by most rich men, who seek company and business, which are signs of being weary of themselves.

    Sir W. Temple.

    Leisure, the highest happiness upon earth, is seldom enjoyed with perfect satisfaction, except in solitude. Indolence and indifference do not always afford leisure; for true leisure is frequently found in that interval of relaxation which divides a painful duty from an agreeable recreation; a toilsome business from the more agreeable occupations of literature and philosophy.


    Our leisure is the time the Devil seizes upon to make us work for him; and the only way we can avoid conscription into his ranks is to keep all our leisure moments profitably employed.

    James Ellis.