He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed
Too much idleness, I have observed, fills up a man's time more completely and leaves him less his own master, than any sort of employment whatsoever
If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love
To do nothing is in every man's power
One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention; and the world therefore swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied, but to be read
If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle
Every man is, or hopes to be, an idler
As peace is the end of war, so to be idle is the ultimate purpose of the busy


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."