"From its very inaction, idleness ultimately becomes the most active cause of evil; as a palsy is more to be dreaded than a fever. The Turks have a proverb, which says, that the devil tempts all other men, but that idle men tempt the devil."
"[One] said that employment was nature's physician. It is indeed so important to happiness that indolence is justly considered the parent of misery." -Caleb Colton, clergyman (1771-1832)
"Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principle reason why men are so often useless is, that they neglect their own profession or calling , and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits."
-Nathaniel Emmons (1745-1840)
"In every place we find working men most susceptible to religion." -John Wesley (1703-1791)