Do not be lazy. Run each day's race with all your might, so that at the end you will receive the victory wreath from God. Keep on running even when you have had a fall. The victory wreath is won by him who does not stay down, but always gets up again, grasps the banner of faith and keeps on running in the assurance that Jesus is Victor.
- Basilea Schlink
Human nature is above all things lazy.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
Only those who want everything done for them are bored.
- Billy Graham
Spill not the morning (the quintessence of the day!) in recreations, for sleep is a recreation. Add not, therefore, sauce to sauce. Pastime, like wine, is poison in the morning. It is then good husbandry to sow the head, which hath lain fallow all night, with some serious work.
- Thomas Fuller
There is a trend today that would put a new robe on the prodigal son while he is still feeding hogs. Some would put the ring on his finger while he still in the pigsty. Others would paint the pigsty and advocate bigger and better hog pens.
- Vance Havner
If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.
- Desiderius Erasmus
Often the children of God cannot rise up to answer the Lord's call to service simply because, though their physical condition is good, their feelings are low, cold, and reluctant. Or even when their emotions are quite high, passionate, and willing, they find themselves unable to serve the Lord because now the body reacts lazily. The disciples found themselves in precisely that situation in the Garden of Gethsemane: "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:41)
- Watchman Nee
No man ever flees from duty without incalculable hurt, not only to himself, but to others as well.
- Clovis G. Chappell
Feast of Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr, the man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.
- Jim Elliot
The goose that lays the golden eggs likes to lay where there are eggs already.
- Charles Spurgeon
Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
The welfare system in this country has literally crippled millions. It has gotten people bound and gagged so that they cannot get off it. It is such a fouled-up system.
- Shelton Smith
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
- G.K. Chesterton
We all believe in the sovereignty of God in the affairs of men, but when this view is strained to the point of eliminating man's responsibility, we have no hesitation in saying it borders on heresy.
- Duncan Campbell
So fixed are our spirits in slothfulness and cold indifference that we seldom overcome so much as one evil habit.
- Thomas a Kempis
Such is man's nature, that he is very inactive and lazy unless he is influenced by some affection, either love or hatred, desire, hope, fear, or some other. These affections we see to be the springs that set men agoing, in all the affairs of life, and engage them in all their pursuits: these are the things that put men forward, and carry them along.
- Jonathan Edwards
Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
Better never begin than never make an end.
- George Herbert
Many are idly busy; Domitian was busy, but then it was in catching flies.
- Jeremy Taylor
The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.
- Hannah More
A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.
- John Henry Newman
You will not be carried to Heaven lying at ease upon a feather bed.
- Samuel Rutherford
He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived, but lost. God is better than his promise if he takes from him a long lease, and gives him a free hold of a better value.
- Thomas Fuller
Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can't give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don't have to work because the other half's going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody's going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
- Adrian Rogers
Men could be content to have the kingdom of Heaven; but they are loathe to fight for it. They choose rather to go in a feather bed to Hell than to be carried to Heaven in a 'fiery chariot' of zeal and violence.
- Thomas Watson