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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Laziness (also called indolence) is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so. It is often used as a pejorative. Chronic laziness may be an underlying psychological condition.

Feelings of laziness may be a symptom of clinical depression or listlessness.


In philosophies and religions


One of the seven deadly sins in Christian thought is sloth, which is often defined as spiritual and/or physical apathy or laziness. Sloth is recommended against in the Letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 6:12), and associated with wickedness in one of the parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 25:26). In the Wisdom books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, it is stated that laziness can lead to poverty (Proverbs 10:4, Ecclesiastes 10:18).

Literature related to laziness

  • Carl Honore: In Praise of Slowness, 2005, ISBN 0-06-075051-0
  • Paul Lafargue: The Right to Be Lazy, 1883, ISBN 1-892355-03-5 (available online)
  • Corinne Maier:
    • Hello Laziness! - Why Hard Work Doesn't Pay, 2005, ISBN 0-7528-7186-2
    • Bonjour Laziness! - How to Work as Little as Possible (Just Like the French), 2005, ISBN 0-375-42373-7
    • Bonjour paresse - De l'art et la nécessité d'en faire le moins possible en entreprise, 2004, ISBN 2-84186-231-3
  • Bertrand Russell: In Praise of Idleness - And Other Essays, 1935, ISBN 0-415-32506-4
  • John Steinbeck: The Log from the Sea of Cortez, 1951, ISBN 0141186070.
    • "Only in laziness can one achieve a state of contemplation which is a balancing of values, a weighing of oneself against the world, and the world against itself."
  • Tom Hodgkinson: How To Be Free, 2006, ISBN 0-241-14321-7
  • Juan Tamad (literally Lazy John), a Philippine folklore character.

See also


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Laziness (also called indolence) is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so.


  • I don't think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
  • Don't yield to that alluring witch, laziness, or else be prepared to surrender all that you have won in your better moments.

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Simple English

Laziness is the act of being prone to barely any or even no work. It is listed as Sloth as one of the seven deadly sins.

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