If you’re anything like me, you know how laziness can hinder your day-to-day activities. Well, you’re in luck today because I’ve found some fantastic lazy quotes I’d like to share with you. By analyzing the meaning behind them, we can all finally beat laziness, or at least, know how to recognize it in the future.
Laziness sometimes creeps up on you. Somehow, instead of doing anything productive, you spend the whole day in your PJs scrolling through Instagram. Other times, it comes and goes, usually when you have a deadline to meet.
Whatever the cause may be, it’s safe to say that laziness isn’t one of those traits we’d like to be remembered for.
For the most part — it makes for a rather LAZY trait to have. Out of so many things we can be, being lazy shouldn’t be on anyone’s list.
So, without further ado, let’s see some lazy quotes and why laziness could spell disaster in anybody’s life. Hopefully, some of these might shake you to the core and finally give you the motivation you need!
Lazy Quotes About How Idleness Ruins Our Lives
1. “Lazy people live lonely lives.” — Habeeb Akande
Well, this quote might as well have my name on it. To think that just a few years back, I was leading a rather lonely life purely because of my laziness — well, it hurts to remember, let me just say that.
Back then, I just couldn’t figure out how to resolve my procrastination and laziness issues. Every day, I’d start with a nice to-do list, somewhat eager to get stuff done.
By the end of the day, though, Netflix had replaced the whole list. In fact, sometimes, my laziness went so far that I couldn’t even make myself wash my hair.
Why do you think I couldn’t shake it off? Well, in the end, I figured out it was my laziness that was making me quite lonely. And, being lazy, in a way, allowed me to hang out with only one person — me.
Fortunately, that all changed when I found some hobbies and new activities that actually made me truly happy. Speaking of which…
2. “Lazy people are always eager to be doing something.” — French proverb
My laziness was often followed by an eagerness to do something. However, because I was a complete sloth, I couldn’t make myself take action. In essence, the very thing that was giving me that eagerness was stopping me from fulfilling my goals.
Most people feel like this as well, and they usually resolve the issue by not letting themselves fall into the laziness trap. Therefore, if you feel this way too, just DO things. Start immediately — don’t ever dwell on it!
3. “The lazy man is apt to be envious.” — Omaha proverb
Unfortunately, one of the many not-so-flattering traits of lazy people is envy. They see others doing things and being happy, which is a good enough reason to envy them.
Envy isn’t a healthy feeling at all. It can breed hatred over time, so much so that it changes a person from within.
So, what can you do? Well, instead of envying people — why not try to emulate them? If you pay close attention, you’ll see that most hardworking people are creatures of good habits.
Therefore, if you want to become one of those people — disrupt your habits. Don’t let them take over the day — transform them into good traits that’ll breed success.
4. “A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he starts out, have condemned himself to second-rate thoughts, and to second-rate friends.” — Cyril Connolly
No matter how we look at it, laziness should never be something we’re proud of. In essence, it can make our lives worthless.
Even if you are, for example, able to almost immediately pick up a new language, not knowing how to write in it won’t get you anywhere. I had a friend who thought that just because she knew how to communicate in Greek, she would be able to pass all her exams with flying colors.
But, tell me — what does knowing how to say “pineapple” in Greek have to do with grammar rules? She was too lazy to study because she thought knowing Greek would get her far and would earn her a degree. In the end, she just gave up.
What I’m trying to say here is that by being lazy, we are limiting ourselves to low-quality lives. No matter what we do or what kinds of talents we have, if we don’t work hard and hone our skills, we won’t be successful. Furthermore, we remain ignorant because our laziness defines us — it stops us from doing anything meaningful.
As they say, talent can only get you so far — the rest is pure, hard work.
Oh, and the other part of the quote about second-rate friends? When we hang out with similarly lazy people, getting rid of that nasty habit becomes even harder than ever before. Instead of trying to make ourselves better, we just emulate what our friends are doing.
In fact, we surround ourselves with similar people so that we don’t feel bad about our laziness. However, that would harm us in the long run, as there wouldn’t be anything about our friends that inspires us. If they accept to be average and lazy — we might as well.
Lazy Quotes About Why Laziness Is So Appealing
1. “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” — Bill Gates
Now, this is definitely one of my favorite lazy quotes, as it talks about how laziness can sometimes be genuinely appealing.
Think about it — lazy people are all about easy solutions. For example, instead of following a healthy diet and going to the gym, they’ll opt for crash diets that give instant results.
In fact, laziness is related to instant gratification, or rather, the lack of it. A lazy person doesn’t have the patience to wait for the results — they’re far too lazy to do that. Instead, they look for the easiest thing they can do that can give them results right now.
Of course, I’m not saying you should stay lazy just because Bill Gates might consider hiring you. There is a lot more value in knowing that real effort and time have led to your success.
However, if you ever feel down because you cannot bring yourself to do something — this is one of those lazy quotes that could cheer you up a bit.
Lazy Quotes About Ignorance and Incompetence
1. “There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.” — Jane Austen
Oh, truer words have never been spoken if you ask me! I lived by this quote a few years ago because it was just easy. I didn’t have to try hard to get things, as my laziness made others do everything for me.
Of course, that couldn’t last forever, and it definitely shouldn’t. Living another person’s life for them just because they’re too lazy to do anything by themselves is ridiculous. So, everyone stopped catering to my needs at some point.
As it turned out — that was the push I needed. Having to fend for myself made me say goodbye to pure laziness once and for all.
2. “Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence.” — James Cash Penney
When I hear those things, I usually just fake a smile and try not to say anything bad about it. But, to be perfectly honest, luck doesn’t have anything to do with the life I’ve created. Just saying I was lucky would mean I didn’t do anything.
It would mean I was too lazy or incompetent to do anything with my life, so the universe sent me some luck so that I could survive.
That’s not how life goes, though. And, if you ever find yourself relying on pure luck, take a good, hard look at yourself because my friend — luck can always turn around!
Hopefully, I have successfully motivated you to ditch laziness and finally do something useful in your spare time.
In no way was my intention to make you feel bad — we’ve all been victims of laziness at some point. However, in order to get rid of it, reading a few lazy quotes helps a lot.
In the end, there’s nothing better than hearing the cold, hard truth. Nobody will ever get far in life if they continue being lazy all day long. In fact, as you can see, laziness can even lead to a life full of misery — an envious life, no less.
So, whenever you feel like laziness is taking over you, refer back to these quotes. They sort of feel like a slap in the face — and trust me, sometimes getting slapped with truth is the only thing that can help you!