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


Negligence is the rest of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.


A wise and salutary neglect.


Every man has something to do which he neglects, every man has faults to conquer which he delays to combat.


  • In persons grafted in a serious trust,
  • Negligence is a crime.
  • Shakespeare.

    The best ground untilled, soonest runs out into rank weeds. A man of knowledge that is negligent or uncorrected, cannot but grow wild and godless.

    Bishop Hall.

    The heavens, with their everlasting faithfulness, look down on no sadder contradiction than the sluggard and the slattern in their prayers.

    James Martineau.

    A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want of a little care about a horse-shoe nail.

    Benjamin Franklin.

  • Give me a look, give me a face,
  • That makes simplicity a grace:
  • Robes loosely flowing, hair as free;
  • Such sweet neglect more taketh me
  • Than all the adulteries of art;
  • They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
  • Ben Jonson.