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John WoodenNever mistake activity for achievement.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

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AnonymousI’m busy right now, can I ignore you some other time?

—  Anonymous

Lao-TzuDoing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerMen need some kind of external activity, because they are inactive within.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

William BlakeThink in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Pablo PicassoInspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

George Bernard ShawA life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Winston ChurchillNo hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Benjamin FranklinEarly to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Benjamin FranklinNever confuse Motion with Action.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Sylvia PlathSo much working, reading, thinking, living to do! A lifetime is not long enough.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Antonio PorchiaHe who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire: to make something.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Jim RohnDon’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Bob DylanHe not busy being born is busy dying.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Margaret ThatcherLook at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's a day you've had everything to do and you've done it.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister


Latin Quotes

HoraceIn the middle of things.

In medias res.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet


Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek phraseA rolling stone gathers no moss .

Λίθος κυλινδόμενος το φύκος ου ποιεί.

—  Ancient Greek phrase

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Proverbs

American proverbEarly to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

—  American proverb

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Movie Quotes

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'.

—  from the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994)










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