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57 Quotes to Help You Take Control and Fight Laziness

Published on March 16, 2020 7:10 AM EST
laziness quotes to help you take control

Chances are, if you’re reading these laziness quotes, you may be looking for a little motivation to help get you started. Or maybe you are trying to help someone else fight their own laziness. Laziness can get in the way of our success, like a wheel stuck in the mud.

Can laziness ever be useful?

Some people believe that a healthy degree of laziness can lead us to innovation, inspiring us to create a new method of getting things done. That only works if your laziness hasn’t completely taken over, and you still want to reach your goals.

laziness quotes to help you take control

Explore the laziness quotes below and see how you can harness the power of laziness for good, without letting it take control of your life.

Quotes About Laziness and Making Excuses

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

2. “No one ever excused his way to success.” – Dave Del Dotto

3. “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses in your life; you realize everything that happens in life is a result of the previous choice you’ve made and start making new choices to change your life.” – Roy T. Bennett 

4. “Excuses destroy success every time.” – Jon Taffer

5. “You can have excuses or you can have success; you can’t have both.” – Jen Sincero

6. “Uncomplicate it. Don’t make excuses. Some of life’s biggest heartaches come from missed opportunities and lame excuses. Don’t miss out on what could be the best chapter in your life because you’re too busy rereading the last one.” – Kandi Steiner

7. “You can have the results you want, or you can have excuses. You can’t have both.” – Clyde Lee Dennis

8. “Success is not as easy as winners make it look nor as hard as losers make it sound.” – Orrin Woodward

9. “I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

10. “Essentially there are two actions in life: Performance and excuses. Make a decision as to which he will accept from yourself.” – Steven Brown

11. “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

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

13. “Successful people don’t use the obstacles of time, education, and money as excuses…they use them as leverage to get help.” – Richie Norton

14. “It is easier to move from failure to success than from excuses to success.” – John C. Maxwell

Laziness Quotes About Time

15. “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” – Harvey Mackay

16. “The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

17. “There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.” – Leo Christopher

18. “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Brixton

19. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

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

21. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

22. “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

23. “The way we spend our time defines who we are.” – Jonathan Estrin

24. “Time slips away like grains of sand never to return again.” – Robin Sharma

25. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

26. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela

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

28. “Better three hours too soon than one minute too late.” – William Shakespeare

29. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

30. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” – Bill Watterson

Laziness Quotes About Procrastination

31. “Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will–tomorrow” – Gloria Pitzer

32. “Procrastination is not Laziness”, I tell him. “It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.” – Julia Cameron

33. “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” – Mark Twain

34. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

35. “You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

36. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

37. “Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” – Ellen DeGeneres

38. “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” – Margaret Mitchell

39. “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” – Charles Dickens

40. “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” – Leonardo da Vinci

41. “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” – Rita Mae Brown

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

43. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

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

45. “Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.” – Shannon L. Alder

46. “Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.” – Steven Wright

47. “My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, ‘Just wait.” – Judy Tenuta

Laziness Quotes About its Dangers

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

49. “Stay away from lazy parasites, who perch on you just to satisfy their needs, they do not come to alleviate your burdens, hence, their mission is to distract, detract and extract, and make you live in abject poverty.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

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

51. “Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.” – Benjamin Franklin

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

Quotes About the Benefits of Laziness

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

54. “I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.” – Agatha Christie

55. “Laziness is the first step towards efficiency.” – Patrick Bennett

56. “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” – Paul Terry

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

What can you do to make laziness work for you?

Always keep your objectives in mind. Everyone experiences a lapse in motivation from time to time, but knowing your goals and keeping them in sight is key to fighting laziness.

Write your goals on a whiteboard or your mirror, change your desktop or phone background to depict your objective, or pin up a photo that reminds you of what you want to achieve.

Never let laziness eat up a whole day. Make sure you accomplish something each day, even if it’s only a tiny step toward your goal. That way, laziness can’t take control. It can only give you a little rest while you make steady progress toward success.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these laziness quotes and sayings? Do you have any other helpful quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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