Best 120 of Doing nothing quotes - MyQuotes
If we were not called upon to work in order to survive, we might simply lie around all day doing nothing.
Let us work as if success depended upon ourselves alone, but with heartfelt conviction that we are doing nothing, and God everything.
The Assault Weapons Ban deals with a fictional distinction. You have guns that are exactly the same guns as are banned, in function, that were banned because of the way they look. And you know, that's the whole truth of this policy: it's to make politicians look as if they are doing something, when in point of fact, they are doing nothing.
Sometimes an active policy is best advanced by doing nothing until the right time - or never.
Bing Crosby and I weren't the types to go around kissing each other. We always had a light jab for each other. One of our stock lines used to be "There's nothing I wouldn't do for Bing, and there's nothing he wouldn't do for me." And that's the way we go through life - doing nothing for each other!
If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That is what leisure means.
I am a natural optimist but there were times when (it seemed like) I was doing nothing but adding up on the back of envelope what I had to pay this month.
Sometimes you move publicly, sometimes privately. Sometimes quietly, sometimes at the top of your voice. And sometimes an active policy is best advanced by doing nothing until the right timeor never.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Is there anything so wretched as to look at a man of fine abilities doing nothing?
Sarah Addison Allen
But that would leave Paxton to fend for herself, and the last thing any woman wanted in this kind of situation was to look around and see all the people who could help her doing nothing.
When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.
I have spent my life laboriously doing nothing.
There is, following an ample meal, a sort of pause in time, filled with a gentle slackening of thought and energy, when to sit doing nothing gives us a sense of life's richness and a feeling that the least effort would be intolerable. The melancholy we took with us to table has disappeared and, if we think of it at all it is only to smile, as at some black mood now past, its cause having gone. And with the melancholy, all scruple, all remorse departs from us.
Poor is the man whose future depends on the opinions and permission of others. Remember this, if you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing!
I’ll wait for you. Come back. The words were not meaningless, but they didn’t touch him now. It was clear enough - one person waiting for another was like an arithmetical sum, and just as empty of emotion. Waiting. Simply one person doing nothing, over time, while another approached. Waiting was a heavy word.
Never go into business purely to make money. If that's the motive you're better off doing nothing.
Every performer can get better. It's not about staying with what God gave you and doing nothing with it for the rest of your life.
"The Jews should not be allowed to keep what they have obtained from others by usury; it were best that they were compelled to worked so that they could earn their living instead of doing nothing but becoming avaricious.
The ultimate happiness is doing nothing.
They spent their time doing nothing... they let intimacy fuse them.
That is what lower performers do; they make others wrong for doing what is necessary in order to make themselves feel okay about doing nothing! The highest performers-the winners-respond by studying successful people and duplicating success.
I like to unwind by doing nothing. If I do get a day, I just like to vegetate and laze around.
In matters of the heart struggle is less effective than doing nothing.
I've always liked working really hard and then doing nothing in particular. So, consequently, I didn't overexpose myself; I guess I maintained a kind of mystery. I wasn't ambitious.
Jason Alexander is a committed actor, he went from working on a show about nothing to actually doing nothing.
There are hazards in everything one does, but there are greater hazards in doing nothing.
If I were to do nothing, I'd be guilty of complicity.
Very few species have survived unchanged. There's one called lingula, which is a little shellfish, a little brachiopod about the size of my fingernail, that has survived for 500 million years, but it's survived by being unobtrusive and doing nothing, and you can't accuse human beings of that.
You see. . . it's really quite strenuous doing nothing all day, so once a week we take a holiday and go nowhere, which was just where we were going when you came along. Would you care to join us?
When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.
The command is "Do no work." Just make space. Attend to what is around you. Learn that you don't have to DO to BE. accept the grace of doing nothing. Stay with it until you stop jerking and squirming.
If you try to bring 'teen drama,' you end up doing nothing but pouting.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
You will be civilized on the day you can spend a long period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without feeling the slightest amount of guilt.
The insupportable labor of doing nothing.
The hardest work of all - doing nothing.
Emile M. Cioran
Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again.
It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work when there is no definite object of any kind. To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing.
Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
I like to spend Christmas with family and friends, pigging out, exchanging gifts and basically doing nothing.
NASA is doing nothing but development. They're not doing research in manned spaceflight at all and I see no reason for them to do that because we already know that it will work and we already know exactly how it will work.
The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.
Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.
Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything.
Why should old people get [Social Security]? They just sit around all day doing nothing.
The problem with lethargy is that doing nothing validates the fear that nothing can be done.
In a region with a growing population, if you're doing nothing, you're losing ground.
The sage acts by doing nothing.
Try is a noisy way of doing nothing.
I don't go out unless I'm working. My quality time is when I'm doing nothing.
I don't believe anything's really inevitable until it happens. We just call it inevitable to make ourselves feel better about it, to excuse ourselves for not having done anything.