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


Prosperity engenders sloth.


Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.


Sloth***never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.


Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the key often used is always bright.


Many are idly busy.—Domitian was busy, but then it was catching flies.

Jeremy Taylor.

Flee sloth; for the indolence of the soul is the decay of the body.


Sloth is the torpidity of the mental faculties; the sluggard is a living insensible.


That destructive syren sloth is ever to be avoided.


So fixed are our spirits in slothfulness and cold indifference that we seldom overcome so much as one evil habit.

Thomas à Kempis.

As sloth seldom bringeth actions to good birth; so hasty rashness always makes them abortive ere well formed.

Arthur Warwick.

A sluggish, dawdling, and dilatory man may have spasms of activity, but he never acts continuously and consecutively with energetic quickness.

George S. Hillard.

Slovenliness is a lazy and beastly negligence of a man’s own person, whereby he becomes so sordid as to be offensive to those about him.


Sloth is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People that have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.

Jeremy Collier.

Excess is not the only thing which breaks men in their health, and in the comfortable enjoyment of themselves; but many are brought into a very ill and languishing habit of body by mere sloth; and sloth is in itself both a great sin, and the cause of many more.


The very soul of the slothful does effectually but lie drowsing in his body, and the whole man is totally given up to his senses.