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In the creative process, a great deal of the unseen must happen. A week can go by with only daydreaming, playing with intentions, walking and thinking, revisiting past works. (Jill Badonsky)

Love is the business of the idle, but the idleness of the busy. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness. (Thomas Carlyle)

Inspiration arrived as a result of profound indolence... I awoke with a start and witnessed as from a seat in a theatre, three acts of a potentially awesome play. (Jean Cocteau)

Everybody was up to something, especially, of course, those who were up to nothing. (Noel Coward)

What is this life if, full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare? (W. H. Davies)

I am the most incurably lazy devil that ever stood in shoe leather. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves. (W. C. Fields)

A Bradypus or Sloth am I, / I live a life of ease, / Contented not to do or die / But idle as I please. (Michael Flanders)

To an active mind, indolence is more painful than labor. (Edward Gibbon)

My counsel is, to force nothing, and rather to trifle and sleep away all unproductive days and hours, than on such days to compose something that will afterwards give no pleasure. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent. (Oliver Goldsmith)

Plateaus are those wondrous times when you think nothing is happening. (Gail Griffiths)

Sometimes we simply have to be wasting time, in shutdown mode, for an idea to occur. (Peggy Hadden)

To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. (Hippocrates)

At times inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning. (Jenny Holzer)

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. (Victor Hugo)

I seldom try to probe the mystery of my sloth. I have squandered a gigantic fortune of work hours... seems likely that I'll go on squandering till the very end. (Christopher Isherwood)

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. (Jerome K. Jerome)

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen. (Jerome K. Jerome)

Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. (Franz Kafka)

He who saddens at thought of idleness cannot be idle, / And he's awake who thinks himself asleep. (John Keats)

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. (Soren Kierkegaard)

I've taken off two months, three months at a time, and, by the end, I get really squirrelly. My night life, my dream life, gets extremely populated and crazed. (Stephen King)

Even when I am being idle, I have plenty of food for thought, both early and late - thoughts both about and not about art. (Gustav Klimt)

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Definition of inertia: 'The vis insita, or innate force of matter, is a power of resisting by which every body, as much as in it lies, endeavours to preserve its present state, whether it be of rest or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line.' (Isaac Newton)

Idleness is the parent of psychology. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

He who would not be idle, let him fall in love. (Ovid)

A little folding of the hands and poverty will sneak up on you like a thief. (proverb)

Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish. (Francois Rabelais)

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. (Bertrand Russell)

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure. (Henry David Thoreau)

The idle always have a mind to do something. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. (Leonardo da Vinci)

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. (Oscar Wilde)

Fallow periods allow visions to root well before Art erupts and blooms. (Abby Willowroot)

If you don't have something you feel like doing, do nothing. Doing nothing is not a sin. (David Wayne Wilson)

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. (Virginia Woolf)

-b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing. (Pliny the Younger)


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