Friday, May 13, 2011

Industry vs. Idleness

"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)

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