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It is difficult to change the habit of sloth.
  laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)


a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
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sloth slothful slothfulness
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  • It is difficult to change the habit of sloth.
  • I’m trying to change my slothful ways.
  • Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins.
  • A sloth moves faster than she does.

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  • Laziness was sloth and sloth was a sin.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Elliott slouched by us, moving more quickly than I believed possible for someone so sloth-like.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Bagheera would lie out on a branch and call, "Come along, Little Brother," and at first Mowgli would cling like the sloth, but afterward he would fling himself through the branches almost as boldly as the gray ape.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • ...Ebbing men indeed,
    Most often, do so near the bottom run
    By their own fear or sloth.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest

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  • He moved like a ground sloth, and kept gulping water from the garden hose.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • It involved a lot of backflips, a pyramid, and a complicated formation that was supposed to result in us all lying down in various positions to form a tiger (our mascot) but instead ended up looking like some variation of a sloth without a head.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • —I am a young, large, female three-toed sloth.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • But they have little agility, tending to sloth when they reach full growth, and most Tasmanian herdsmen have learned with ease to avoid them.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • She wants me to see what has become of her, since her days of sloth and overeating and failure.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • But you three—you’re moving like the Hungarian Sloth Snake, whose top speed is half an inch per hour!
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • On waking I lay long in bed yielding to sloth.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That big bloke from Slytherin who looks like a sloth.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • No creator was prompted by a desire to serve his brothers, for his brothers rejected the gift he offered and that gift destroyed the slothful routine of their lives.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • You think we’ll see a three-toed sloth, Dad?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Thenardier was cunning, greedy, slothful, and clever.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 5 Odysseus too lost it and let himself be lulled into an endless life of slothful ease.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Instead of improving these gifts, rarely granted so abundantly, this has been your course—you have given yourself up to sloth and drunkenness, and in a fit of intoxication have ruined your best friend.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But another observation I made was, in favour of the two honest men, to show what disparity there is between a diligent application to business, on the one hand, and a slothful negligent, and idle temper, on the other.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Once, they had been a promise, and from the midst of the stagnant sloth around her she had looked to them for proof that another kind of men existed.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • That remains of all the laziness, sloth and failure.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • I heard of the slothful Asiatics, of the stupendous genius and mental activity of the Grecians, of the wars and wonderful virtue of the early Romans—of their subsequent degenerating—of the decline of that mighty empire, of chivalry, Christianity, and kings.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Giving birth in the middle of a disease-infested swamp with a medicine man smearing sloth spit across your face to drive out the evil spirits was never the safest method.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • An unclean person is universally a slothful one, one who sits by a stove, whom the sun shines on prostrate, who reposes without being fatigued.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Now he is not yet so uncharitable or slothful that these small demands on his courtesy are in themselves too much for it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Nor was it by our sloth or sluggishness the Trojans stripped Patroklos of his armor.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Shame to the slothful and woe to the weak one.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • No, Jane, no: this world is not the scene of fruition; do not attempt to make it so: nor of rest; do not turn slothful.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He had learned to eat tenderly and carefully prepared food, even fish, even meat and poultry, spices and sweets, and to drink wine, which causes sloth and forgetfulness.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • For I will have you learn soon that the two abominations are sloth and idle thinking, the two virtues are work and the fear of God.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • ’Whales are generally considered as fishes by those little acquainted with the animal kingdom, but they belong to the class of mammals, which comprises man, the monkey tribes, the bats, the dogs and cats, all hoofed animals, whales and their allies, with other animals, the last on the list being the sloth.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Sir,’ she said, ’I am in great unrest, and I cannot lie longer in sloth.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • She abandoned her to her fate, trusting that sooner or later a miracle would take place and that in this world of everything there would also be a man -with enough sloth to put up with her.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Get on, son of sloth!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • "As for your dislike of it, excuse my saying so, that’s simply our Russian sloth and old serf-owner’s ways, and I’m convinced that in you it’s a temporary error and will pass."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Fed and feeding brains about me: under glowlamps, impaled, with faintly beating feelers: and in my mind’s darkness a sloth of the underworld, reluctant, shy of brightness, shifting her dragon scaly folds.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The creature had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth, the same low forehead and slow gestures.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • But all was false and hollow; though his tongue Dropped manna, and could make the worse appear The better reason, to perplex and dash Maturest counsels: for his thoughts were low— To vice industrious, but to nobler deeds Timorous and slothful.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The only two that don’t apply are sloth and gluttony.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Love God’s people, let not strangers draw away the flock, for if you slumber in your slothfulness and disdainful pride, or worse still, in covetousness, they will come from all sides and draw away your flock.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Her campaign against village sloth was actually begun!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He felt the weight of his ignorance,—not simply of letters, but of life, of business, of the humanities; the accumulated sloth and shirking and awkwardness of decades and centuries shackled his hands and feet.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The nights are clear, but suffused with sloth and sullen expectation.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • She did not steal or murder but she was a born liar and slothful and she sassed her mother and was deliberately ugly to almost everybody.
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
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