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Laziness Quotes

Everyone experiences laziness from time to time, even the most productive and ambitious among us. Heck, it’s even okay to thoroughly enjoy a lazy day or afternoon every now and again. But feeling lazy and being lazy are two completely different things. And when laziness becomes our modus operandi and begins affecting the quality and trajectory of our lives, then it may be time for a good shake up.

Now, laziness essentially means to be indolent, sluggish, inactive, and generally speaking, unwilling to work or exhaust energy.

So, if you’ve been struggling with laziness lately, we’ve pulled together some powerful laziness quotes that may just be the shake up you need. This carefully curated list contains some of the best quotes on laziness to help you beat laziness for good. With said, if you’re ready for some laziness crushing quotes, then let’s dive in:

Best Quotes on Laziness

Best Quotes on Laziness

1. “Energy is a moral virtue, its opposing vice being laziness.” – James Allen

2.Diligence produces success and riches. Laziness creates poverty and failure.” – Dr. T. P. Chia

3. “Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the key used is always bright.” – Benjamin Franklin

4. “Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and the goal of a good intention was never reached through its opposite, laziness.” – Miguel de Cervantes

5. “I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.” – Kobe Bryant

6. “Without the power that discipline brings, no dream can be realized. Without willpower, you become a victim to the evils of procrastination, laziness and sloth.” – Robin Sharma

 7. “Proper physical exercise increases your chances of health, and proper mental exercise increases your chances for wealth. Laziness decreases both health and wealth.”  –  Robert Kiyosaki

8. “People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals — that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins

9. “Laziness Means more work in the long run.” – C.S. Lewis

10. “Sloth and prosperity can never be companions.” – James Allen

James Allen Quote on Laziness

Stop Being Lazy Quotes

Most of the quotes on the Strive are meant to encourage you to do and be more than you currently are so you can eventually have more than currently have. And these one are no different.

With that said, this batch of quotes is our stop being lazy quotes. They’re the quotes that are straight forward about laziness, and convey the most admonishment.

11. “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”
— Jules Renard 

12. “Lazy people are full of excuses and will say anything to avoid taking action.” – Darell Reynolds

13. “If you are going to quit anything, quit being lazy.” – Stop Being Lazy Quote

14. “Laziness leads many people astray.” – Basque Proverb

15. “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow.” – James A. Michener

16. “The slow, the sluggish, the slothful rarely win the prizes of life.” – Atlas Rowe

17. “Don’t become lazy about the only life you have.” – Brandon A. Trean

18. “Stop sleeping, get to work. You will have much time to sleep when you die.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

19. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

20. “Laziness is the mother of all evils.” – Sophocles

Quote on Laziness as Mother of All Evils

Motivational Quotes on Laziness

This next set of quotes is essentially our laziness motivation quotes. These are the quotes that will give you the nudge you may be looking for if you’ve been feeling lazy lately. Enjoy!

21. “Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time,’ is to say, ‘I don’t want to.’” – Lao Tzu 

22. “Lazy people tend not to take chances, but express themselves by tearing down other’s work.” – Ann Rule 

23. “Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” – Tchaikovsky

24. “People who are in the habit of enjoying the comfort of inaction often pay a high price in the end.” – Dr. T.P. Chia

25. Laziness is contagious just like hard work is. I didn’t give myself an opportunity to be lazy and I didn’t surround myself with people who are lazy.” – Michael Chandler

26. “If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.” – P.T. Barnum

27. “The most common form of laziness?  Laziness by staying busy.”  –  Robert Kiyosaki

28. “You will succeed because most people are lazy.” – Shahir Zag

29. “A year from now you may wish you had stared today.” – Karen Lamb

30. “Hard work is greater than lazy talent.” – Chris French

Funny Laziness Quotes

Some say that it is best to choose a lazy person to do a job, because they’ll always find an easy way to do it. There may be some truth to this saying, but more than anything it is funny.

And speaking of funny, we certainly doesn’t believe laziness deserves to be applauded, but we thought you might enjoy a more light-hearted take on the subject. As such, here are a handful of funny laziness quotes that will give you a chuckle.

31. “You can’t teach people to be lazy – either they have it, or they don’t.” – Dagwood Bumstead

32. “The only time a lazy man ever succeeds is when he tries to do nothing.” – Evan Esar

33. “I’m not lazy, I’m on power saving mode.” – Anonymous

34. “Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.” – Jimmy Lyons.

35. “Lazy people always work harder than anyone else; they’re so eager to get through and lie down again.” – Dagmar Godowsky

36. “Much of my work has come from being lazy.” – John Backus

37. “I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?” – Ronald Reagan

38. “Towards evening the lazy person begins to get busy.” – German Proverb

39. “Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” – Robert Heinlein

40. “Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.” – Edgar Bergen

Quotes About Laziness at Work

Many people show up to work, but don’t truly work. As such, we’ve compiled these quotes about laziness at work to help remind you that work, not laziness, is key to upward mobility, progress, and the attainment of success.

41. “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” – Proverbs 12:24

42. “The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” – Robert Frost

43. “Work hard and stay hungry. Lazy people get nowhere in life.” – Laziness Quote

44. “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” – Anne Frank

45. “Efficiency is clever laziness.” – David Dunham

46. “Laziness pays off now. Hard work pays off in the future.” – Anonymous

47. “There is no such thing as laziness, people are categorized into either motivated or unmotivated in which their work attitude corresponds accordingly.” – Nahrain

48. “If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.” – Joyce Chapman

49. “People doing nothing will support you in doing nothing.” – Kylie Francis

50. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

Anti-Laziness Quotes

This next section is our anti-laziness quotes. Of course, most of the quotes on laziness that we’ve covered have been to a certain degree anti-laziness quotes, but these are the most direct of the bunch.

Related: How To Overcome Laziness

51. “The Devil often finds work for them who find none for themselves.” – Benjamin Whichcote

52. “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

53. “Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues.” – Benjamin Franklin

54. “Laziness is one of the lowest vices, repulsive to all active, right-minded men.” – James Allen

55. “Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.” – Elbert Hubbard

56. “If you come across a successful person who is lazy, capture them and notify us so we can study it – because what you’ve stumbled upon is a unicorn.” – The Strive

57. “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

58. “Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence.” – James Cash Penney

59. “You will find that the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses.” – David J. Schwartz

60.Success is not for the lazy.” – Anti-Laziness Quote

Success is not for the lazy

Inspiring Quotes on Laziness and Excuses

These inspirational quotes are on laziness and excuses have been curated primarily to inspire you to take more action, minimize your excuse making, and crush laziness for good. We hope you enjoy them.

61. “You can have results or you can have your excuses. You cannot have both.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

62. “Of all the cankers of human happiness, none corrodes it with so silent, yet so baneful, a tooth, as indolence.” ― Thomas Jefferson

63. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

64. Success is what comes after your stop making excuses. – Luis Galarza

65. “Someone may have all the technical knowledge, scientific intellect and business know-how but when he- she decides to choose laziness, excuses, procrastination, complaining and other bad attitudes, his- her relevance is meaningless.” – Israelmore Ayivor

66. “Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy.” – Benjamin Franklin

67. “When you are willing to replace mundane excuses with hard work and your laziness with determination, nothing can prevent you from succeeding.” – Prem Jagyasi

68. “Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.” – Anonymous

69. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

70. “Someday is not a day of the week.” – Janet Dailey

Quote on Laziness and Procrastination

Final Thoughts

To be sure, laziness isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes is can inspire us to be innovative and to think outside the box. So, it has its place. But, it is certainly not a golden-ticket to creating our best-life, but energy and effort are.

With that said, we hope this collection of laziness quotes has inspired you to shake off those mental or physical cobb-webs, and prompts you into action and accomplishment.

Till next time,


PS – If you enjoyed these laziness quotes, then you’ll absolutely love these motivating quotes related to it’s of it’s opposites: quotes about effort.

The Strive Team is made up of everyday people and experts from all sorts of different callings and professions, each contributing their best advice and unique insights to help you navigate the challenges of achievement, and support you as you strive to live your best life.