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indolent -- as in: he is naturally indolent
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  • She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
  • She is too indolent for med school.
  • an indolent hanger-on
  • He was as indolent as ever and showed no very strenuous desire to hunt up an occupation.
    Twain, Mark  --  Pudd’n’head Wilson

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  • All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties; they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state; but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods.
    Victor Cousin
  • an indolent ulcer
  • It was perhaps only poverty that had forced him to write, and now that he was comfortably provided for he became more indolent still.
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
  • He was as indolent as ever and showed no very strenuous desire to hunt up an occupation.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • their busy, lively ways made him ashamed of the indolent life he led.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Ernest, two years younger, was tall and slight; in disposition, mild, calm and studious; his early faults of indolence and selfishness were almost entirely overcome.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson

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  • "Why," she said, "you just can’t apply American methods in this country. It’s natural to the folks here to be indolent," she said.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • diligence is the mother of good fortune, and indolence, its opposite,
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • They are as heedless and as indolent as cats.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We rode slowly, with a pleasant sense of Sunday indolence.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • If people had ever lived and loved here, read thrillers at midnight and lain in beautiful indolence on a Sunday morning, there were no signs of it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She had set out at an early hour, but had lingered on the road, inclined by her indolence to believe that if she waited under a warm shed the snow would cease to fall.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Young men were toiling industriously in the paddies or fanning themselves indolently in the shade,
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Emasculated by dams and diversion canals, the lower Colorado burbles indolently from reservoir to reservoir
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • His indolence was so serious that when they announced the arrival of a commission from his party that was authorized to discuss the stalemate of the war, he rolled over in his hammock without completely waking up.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Where he had once been lounging and indolent, he was now as alert as a prowling cat,
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • ...even if he was too dull or too indolent to suspect or find out about his father himself...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • he was an indolent man, who lived only to eat, drink, and play at cards;
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Now she sat resting in vacuous indolence,
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • St. Clare was indolent and careless of money.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Indolence and idleness perished before him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • who appeared of a lounging, not to say indolent disposition:
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • the view of life you mention, and which you think is the result of your own mental efforts, is the one held by the majority of people, and is the invariable fruit of pride, indolence, and ignorance.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The only drawback to his complete well-being was the fact that he could not see Mattie from where he sat; but he was too indolent to move
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • If Richard personified the family’s dark, fanatical side, Gottfried embodied the indolent one.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • There were not lacking, however, evidences of what we may call the intelligent egoism of a youth who is charmed with the indolent, careless life of an only son, and who lives as it were in a gilded cage.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Eliza generally took no more notice of her sister’s indolence and complaints than if no such murmuring, lounging object had been before her.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Plotting has changed Denver markedly. Where she was once indolent, resentful of every task, now she is spry, executing, even extending the assignments Sethe leaves for them.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Jim lights a cigarette and leans indolently back on his elbows smiling at Laura with a warmth and charm which...
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Hall was careful to keep us to a more indolent pace that gave our bodies time to adapt to the increasingly thin air.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She raises her arms and stretches, as she moves indolently back to the chair.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • They were all thoughtless or indolent.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • But he was as indolent of mind as he was unsparing of his body.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • She was indolent, passive, the caustic even called her dull
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • with the indolent, painstaking exactitude of a person who has nothing else to do,
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • All the secret ambitions which Mrs. Gormer’s native indolence, and the attitude of her companions, kept in habitual abeyance,
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • the Embassy at Paris, a post to which he considered that he was fully entitled by reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his despatches, and his inordinate passion for pleasure.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He looks like an enlarged, elderly, bald edition of the village fat boy—a sly fat boy, congenitally indolent, a practical joker, a born grafter and con merchant.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He had had sufficient leisure to reflect upon these things, during their late retirement; and, at times, when his careless and indolent nature would permit, had availed himself of the opportunity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I dab with bare feet, they are lick’d by the indolent waves,
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • they liked her, the more because she was a heretic whose vices, her smoking, her indolence, her relish of competent profanity, disturbed Mrs. Pickerbaugh and Mrs. Irving Watters.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • ...the indolence and the indifference of her colleagues.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Gringoire continued to advance, and had soon joined that one of the forms which dragged along most indolently, behind the others. On drawing near, he perceived that it was nothing else than a wretched legless cripple in a bowl, who was hopping along on his two hands like a wounded field-spider which has but two legs left.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Its only real habit is indolence.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • What we observe as playfulness and patience — the requirements to become Nurturer — could, with maturity, be revealed as simply foolishness and indolence.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
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