Lucius Annaeus SenecaLucius Annaeus Seneca, (4 B.C.-A.D. 65) Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, "Seneca the Younger"

Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quote

“The much occupied man has no time for wantonness, and it is an obvious commonplace that the evils of leisure can be shaken off by hard work.”

Lucius Annaeus SenecaLucius Annaeus Seneca
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter LVI: On quiet and study, line 9

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

OK, I don't think leisure is a cause of evils but more accurately a time provider of opportunity (a lot of work takes away that time element). The paid terrorists of current riots shows that even a lot of hard work can result in evils. Evils go more to the heart of an individual rather than to time related cause / effect.

Ronw13, Oregon

Leisure, not being evil, provides for temptation of evil wantonness, when in fact a much occupied man has goals in mind to enjoy leisure time. Obviously the lock down has allowed for opportunistic tyrannical planing. Idle minds and hands have been well fed, primed for insurrection. 

E Archer, NYC

I agree, at least for myself.  I need a battle to fight, a cause to defend, a job to do.  Otherwise, I get bored and get stuck, yelling at the TV, drinking more, and generally feeling sorry for myself. ;-)  Labor helps quiet all that down.


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