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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #64 --- Idleness

Updated on March 27, 2011

Quotations on Idleness

He who eats the bread of idleness as a continual diet soon gets indigestion of the spirit.

—L.D. Johnson, The News and Courier, Charleston, S.C., Aug. 30, 1964.

Idleness is the bane of the body and of the mind; the nurse of failure; the stepmother of woe.

—F.A. Simms, Panhandle Herald, Panhandle, Texas, May 14, 1915.

Idleness is direct disobedience.

—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 25, 1923.

Laziness is a certified check on the bank of effort that is never presented for redemption.

—Emmet Rodwell Calhoun, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 14, 1905.

If the idle brain is the devil's workshop, the idle man is the devil's workhorse. No matter how gifted a man may be, if he neglects his gift, it fades and dies.

—J.B. Cranfill, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 23, 1923.

Idleness is the absence of useful, effective action. Are we avoiding idleness by using our time to the best of our ability and to our best knowledge? When we clutter our lives with futile, vain, or trifling activities, we are guilty of being idle. Likewise, when we allow our lives to be consumed with aimless pursuits and if we do not improve ourselves, the situation around us, or the character of our environment, then we are idle.

—Leland P. Hoefling, Spirit of Texas, Dallas, Texas, November 1964.

Who can count the evils that grow out of idleness and love of a soft life? It has filled our prisons and alms houses; it has started many a young man or woman on a path of vice and wickedness; it has filled many a drunkard's grave and wrecked the prosperity and happiness of many a family; it has given us the idle rich, a menace to society, and object of envy and jealous hate to those whose work is not sweetened by the grace of God. All this idleness has done, besides filling many a weak brain with perverted religious thoughts, dangerous speculations, and detrimental dreams.

—A.C. Kleinlein, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Dec. 14, 1925.

Idleness is the cesspool of crime germs.

—Emmett J. Lee, The Gazette, Farmerville, La., June 6, 1929.

Idleness is a fearful cause of dishonesty. Some persons seem to have no object in life, but simply to live in idleness. ... The idler does not return to society what he has received from it. If you do not render society an equivalent for what you receive from it, there is something wrong with you. All such become parasites upon society. They are drones. Bees kill off their drones, but it would be a difficult matter to tell just what should be done with the drones of society.

—J.W. Lowber, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, June 21, 1893.

One of the modern fools with whom men cannot fail to be in contact with is the idler. He is the individual who has a lust for laziness. If he has a talent for anything he keeps it buried in a napkin.

—Charles Haddon Nabers, The Pensacola Journal, Pensacola, Fla., June 30, 1929.

Laziness is an outgrowth of sin.

—S.S. Nettles, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., April 8, 1897.

An idle people will become a vicious people. Industry and licentiousness do not go together. The busy man or woman is more likely to be honest and virtuous than the slothful. ... Children [must] grow up to habits of thrift, industry and order, which bear within them the submission to wholesome law.

—Charles W. Penrose, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 30, 1880.

There is no greater source of misery and mischief in the world than idleness. It is the bane of the body and mind, the nursery of all forms of vice and wickedness, the progenitor of disease and suffering. It is Satan's very greatest opportunity and man's greatest enemy. ... The completest failure among men is the man who has never found his place of toil. An unemployed man is a burden to itself and to all that it touches. If you value life, find your place of service and labor among men, be engaged in constant activity, in some good employment.

—C.P. Roney, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., May 30, 1912.

There were no lazy moments, no idle moments, with the Son of God.

—Gipsy Smith, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 8, 1938.

Laziness has come to be looked upon as a disease, and a contagious disease at that. It is wondrously catching. ... It is worse than the leprosy of the past. The leper was marked, and he was required to cry out, “unclean, unclean,” as others approached. The lazy man is out of harmony with the times. He is not at home. He is generally shunned.

—James E. Talmage, The Journal, Logan, Utah, June 1, 1912.

Idleness defeats the very motive for which man exists at all. The curse of mental and spiritual idleness is that it wrecks the primary intention with which a man is alive, and robs life of its purpose.

—George Edward Walk, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 12, 1906.

Work is the secret of life. Idleness accounts for a thousand doubts, a thousand defeats. At the center of all things is the law of doing. "Ye shall know and be able to do." Idleness curses the body, the mind and the soul. On every level of life, the source of growth and prayer is in word according to function. Men grow limp and helpless because they do not work. If you would know the glory of the Christian life, invest every resource of your personality in Christly service.

—S.W. Walker, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 14, 1926.

The devil needs only a bare hook when he fishes for an idler.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 19, 1922.

Idleness is the devil's garage.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 24, 1924.

Idleness is a short cut to the devil.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1925.

Idle men give the devil a chance to take a vacation.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 26, 1928.

Idleness is the devil's contentment.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 1, 1928.

Idleness is a sin against God because we fail or refuse to use all the powers He gave us.

—C.C. Young, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., Sept. 5, 1929.

It is worth remembering that God never blesses laziness.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Sept. 27, 1945.

Idleness is the forerunner of trouble.

Idleness is a greater strain on character than poverty is.

Idleness is seldom on speaking terms with happiness.

Idleness is capable of mothering every known woe.

Idleness is the devil's most deceptive reward.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 14, 1930.

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