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Quotations About Productivity and Using Time Wisely

None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing. ~ Benjamin Franklin

It is worse to busy yourself with the trivial than to do nothing. ~ Baltasar Gracian

The gods assist the industrious. ~ Latin Proverb

I have no secret but hard work. This is a secret that many never learn, and they don't succeed because they don't learn it. Labor is the genius that changes the world from ugliness to beauty, and the great curse to a great blessing. ~ Joseph M. W. Turner

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers

The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest. ~ Albert Einstein

Oh that it were my chief delight
To do the things that I ought!
Then let me try with all my might
To mind what I am taught. ~ Jane Taylor

Our grand business is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. ~ Thomas Carlyle

The ruin of most men dates from some idle moment. ~ Hillard

He who would make serious use of his life must always act as though he had a long time to live and must schedule his time as though he were about to die. ~ Emile Littre

I wasted time, and now time doth wasted me. ~ William Shakespeare

There is no remedy for time misspent,
No healing for the waste of idleness;
Because I know the span of life was lent
For lofty duties, not for selfishness.
~ Sir J. Stephen

A young man idle is an old man needy. ~ Proverb

A worker without genius is better than a genius who won't work. ~ Leopold Auer

Talk less about the years to come,
Live, love labor more today.
~ C. N. Bovee

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity. ~ La Bruyere

Our costliest expenditure is time. ~ Theophrastus

We take no note of time
But from its loss.
~ Edward Young

I cannot conceive that mere idlers can have respect enough for themselves to be comfortable. ~ Timothy Flint

How pleasant it is at the end of the day,
no follies to have to repent,
But reflect on the past, and be able to say
That my time has been properly spent!
~ Jane Taylor

Idleness is more an infirmity of the mind than of the body. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The world belongs to the energetic. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more we do, the more we can do: the more busy we are, the more leisure we have. ~ William Hazlitt

Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work. ~ Charles Kingsley

Man must make his choice between ease and wealth; either may be his, but not both. ~ Newell D. Hillis

If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough. ~ Benjamin Franklin

The happy man does not notice the flight of time. ~ Schiller


  No day should pass without something being done. ~ Latin Proverb