41 Best Quotes On How To Overcome Laziness For Success

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Sometimes the temptation of simply not doing anything is so powerful. It’s hard to say no to it. But, as with any temptation, remember that laziness leads to destruction. In terms of health, finances, relationships, and so on.

As such, you have to keep your laziness in check.

In that regard, here are 41 quotes to help you overcome laziness and achieve success.

41 quotes to overcome laziness

We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?

– Buddha

If you wait for the mango fruits to fall, you’d be wasting your time while others are learning how to climb the tree.

– Michael Bassey Johnson

You are only as lazy or lacking in willpower as you think you are.

Ken Christian

Somebody has said that dust is matter in the wrong place. The same definition applies to nine-tenths of those called lazy. They are people gone astray in a direction that does not answer to their temperament nor to their capacities. In reading the biography of great men, we are struck with the number of “idlers” among them. They were lazy so long as they had not found the right path; afterwards they became laborious to excess. Darwin, Stephenson, and many others belonged to this category of idlers.

– Pyotr Kropotkin

Idle hands are the devil’s playthings.

– Benjamin Franklin

The pillow is that devil thing to give us dreams at night so we don’t have to follow our real ones in the day. The blanket is that ghost who gives us a glimpse of what it’s like to be dead—peaceful, but too early. So run away. Turn left. Shiver in the arctic. Burn in the Sahara. Sweat in a subway. Anything, but the sheets.

– Karl Kristian Flores

Run away from laziness; work hard. Touch intuition and listen to the heart, not marketing directors. Dream.

– Alber Elbaz

Laziness is my biggest pet peeve of all time. Get up, make a plan, do the work, and love yourself, people

– Dove Cameron

Lazy begets poverty every time!

– Mark Dawson

The generality of mankind is lazy. What distinguishes men of genuine achievement from the rest of us is not so much their intellectual powers and aptitudes as their curiosity, their energy, their fullest use of their potentialities. Nobody really knows how smart or talented he is until he finds the incentives to use himself to the fullest.

– Sydney J. Harris

Where there is less pain, there is also less pay.

– Auliq Ice

Make it your aim today to be a “champion” in the making. You are not going to be hoisted up on the podium this afternoon, but inch by inch, small but meaningful decision multiplied will get you to where you want to be and beyond. Don’t you dare despise small beginnings.

– Chris J. Gregas

When you are willing to replace mundane excuses with hard work and your laziness with determination, nothing can prevent you from succeeding.

– Dr Prem Jagyasi

Kill the darlings in your life. Laziness, wishful thinking, procrastination, kill them

– Bangambiki Habyarimana

Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction, nevertheless remains under lifelong tutelage, and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians.

– Immanuel Kant

You don’t get lucky while sitting in the sofa with arms crossed doing nothing. You can be lucky only when you are prepared.

– Nesta Jojoe Erskine

Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.

– Robert A. Heinlein

I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.

Lech Walesa

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state. We must be doing something to be happy.

– William Hazlitt

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

– Pablo Picasso

We wake up to be alive and to revive our lives; we don’t wake up to keep sleeping! We wake up not just to be alive, but also to keep our works alive and mind the business of the day! When you wake up, revive your work!

– Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work

– Thomas A. Edison

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

With work misery is relieved, with laziness misery is multiplied.

– Abhijit Naskar

The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.

– Norman Vincent Peale

It is the man who has hammered his laziness out of the stubborn material of life for whom we chant praise and halleluiah.

– Christopher Morley

I seem to be allergic to diligence, and Lola said, Ha. What you’re allergic to is trying.

– Junot Díaz

Lack of self-confidence is not overcome by faith, but by action. It is a lack, not of certainty, but of effort. Too often we are certain that we can’t before we give ourselves a fair chance.

– Laurence G. Boldt

Most criminals in prison can trace their crime to their first murderous act- that of killing time.

– Wyatt Allen

Laziness is a habit which makes you fall in the pit, lazy people don’t act but prefer to sit, they delay action with some excuse, laziness is of no use.

– Ron Sen

If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or ambition, or egotism? No; I shall say indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed all good principles must stagnate without mental activity.

– Johann Zimmerman

In doing nothing men learn to do evil.

– Marcus Porcius Cato

Without the power that discipline brings, no dream can be realized. Without willpower, you become a victim to the evils of procrastination, laziness and sloth.

– Robin Sharma

Proper physical exercise increases your chances of health, and proper mental exercise increases your chances for wealth. Laziness decreases both health and wealth.

–  Robert Kiyosaki

People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals — that is, goals that do not inspire them.

– Tony Robbins

Laziness Means more work in the long run.

– C.S. Lewis

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

– Dale Carnegie

Laziness is the mother of all evils.

– Sophocles

Laziness is contagious just like hard work is. I didn’t give myself an opportunity to be lazy and I didn’t surround myself with people who are lazy.

– Michael Chandler

There is no such thing as laziness, people are categorized into either motivated or unmotivated in which their work attitude corresponds accordingly.

– Nahrain

If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.

– Joyce Chapman


To conclude, laziness is something that we should always keep in check as it can derail our chance of success. If not ruin our personal and professional life outright.

So to overcome laziness, here are some ways you can employ as gleaned from the 41 quotes in the previous section.

  • Stop wasting time, get to learn new things
  • Laziness is just in the mind, so better reframe your thinking.
  • If you’re being lazy at something, it’s probably because you have no interest in it. Find out what interests you most and gets you excited.
  • Inaction invites the devil into your mind. Do something, anything. You’ll soon realize what it is you really want to do.
  • Set goals, make plans, and take action.
  • Less action, less pay. Now that should be incentive enough to get yourself moving.
  • Always be prepared. Have something planned in your day, and a backup plan for that matter. Something that will still lead to your improvement in case the initial plan falls through.
  • Don’t make excuses for your inaction.
  • Keep trying. Don’t make one failure get you down and lead you to laziness.
  • Build up your self-discipline and willpower.

Last, some of the quotes mentioned about having progress due to laziness. My take on it is that progress may have been sparked by laziness, that is, wanting to make things easier. Still, it’s the work employed that achieved the progress. So there’s that.

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