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sloth as in:  mental sloth

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  • I'm trying to change my slothful ways.
    slothful = lazy
  • Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins.
    sloth = laziness
  • We had developed slothful mental habits — we had been allowed to develop them, he added reprovingly.   (source)
    slothful = lazy
  • They were a careful accounting of human flaws, noting specific instances of tardiness, impertinence, disaffection, drunkenness, sloth, desire.   (source)
    sloth = laziness
  • Laziness was sloth and sloth was a sin.   (source)
    sloth = an unwillingness to work or exert oneself
  • 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.   (source)
    slothful = lazy
  • And Lord Marchmain, well, a little fleshy perhaps, but very handsome, a magnifico, a voluptuary, Byronic, bored, infectiously slothful, not at all the sort of man you would expect to see easily put down.   (source)
  • Shame to the slothful and woe to the weak one.   (source)
  • Almus Pickerbaugh was neither a coward nor slothful.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
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  • But he didn't come, so I began to daydream about being older and going to Yale with Sam and scoring some telling points myself and Sam being proud of me—even though I know that daydreams are sloth and sloth is a sin.   (source)
    sloth = laziness
  • And if I let a gust of wind or a sprinkling of rain turn me aside from these easy tasks, what preparation would such sloth be for the future I propose to myself?   (source)
  • Thenardier was cunning, greedy, slothful, and clever.†   (source)
  • "A plague on thee, and thy advice!" said the pious hermit; "I tell thee, Sir Slothful Knight, that when I doff my friar's frock, my priesthood, my sanctity, my very Latin, are put off along with it; and when in my green jerkin, I can better kill twenty deer than confess one Christian."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • And add: it is not in pride that I make this prayer, O Lord, for I am lower than all men.... 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.†   (source)
  • The bourgeoisie has disclosed how it came to pass that the brutal display of vigour in the Middle Ages, which Reactionists so much admire, found its fitting complement in the most slothful indolence.†   (source)
  • The slothful sentinel opened his heavy eyes, and gazing upward for a moment at the hazy heavens, he made an extraordinary exertion, and raised his powerful frame from the support of the log.†   (source)
  • Athelstane, who, as the reader knows, was slothful, but not cowardly, beheld the female form whom the Templar protected thus sedulously, and doubted not that it was Rowena whom the knight was carrying off, in despite of all resistance which could be offered.†   (source)
  • The reader will readily anticipate that the savage had succeeded in gaining a dangerous proximity to one of those slothful sons of Ishmael, who were deputed to watch over the isolated encampment of the travellers.†   (source)
  • Surely it's not for sloth your master lets you go to seed.   (source)
  • ...Ebbing men indeed,
    Most often, do so near the bottom run
    By their own fear or sloth.   (source)
    sloth = an unwillingness to work or exert oneself
  • 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.†   (source)
  • 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.†   (source)
  • 26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.†   (source)
  • 21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.†   (source)
  • 22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.†   (source)
  • 26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.†   (source)
  • 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.†   (source)
  • 26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • If, therefore, thou wouldst have me enjoy what can be called life, thou wilt at once engage in this love struggle, not lukewarmly nor slothfully, but with the energy and zeal that my desire demands, and with the loyalty our friendship assures me of.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.†   (source)
  • for as the hope of gain doth not excite him, so the confidence that he has in other men's industry may make him slothful.†   (source)
  • He calls Cyllenius, and the god attends, By whom his menacing command he sends: "Go, mount the western winds, and cleave the sky; Then, with a swift descent, to Carthage fly: There find the Trojan chief, who wastes his days In slothful not and inglorious ease, Nor minds the future city, giv'n by fate.†   (source)
  • Seeing which Don Quixote quitted the soft down, and, nowise slothful, dressed himself in his chamois suit and put on his travelling boots to hide the disaster to his stockings.†   (source)
  • As to the reprobates, (though I must own they were much more civilized than before) instead of delightful wood surrounding their dwellings, we found the words of King Solomon too truly verified: I went by the vineyard of the slothful, and it was all overgrown with thorns.†   (source)
  • 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.†   (source)
  • 19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.†   (source)
  • 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.†   (source)
  • 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.†   (source)
  • I knew that if I didn't get my weight under control, I would probably die of sloth before I found the egg.   (source)
    sloth = laziness
  • 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.   (source)
    slothful = lazy
  • Now he is not yet so uncharitable or slothful that these small demands on his courtesy are in themselves too much for it.   (source)
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sloth as in:  a sloth in the tree

  • A sloth moves faster than she does.
    sloth = a type of mammal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
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  • The sloth is hanging upside down in that tree.
  • The sloth only moved about three meters per minute.
  • Is it a two-toed or three-toed sloth.
  • The processor was slower than a sloth by current standards, but it was fine for my needs.   (source)
    sloth = a type of mammal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • Tina had seen a sloth two days earlier at the zoo in San Jose.   (source)
  • Our team tested the sleep habits of five wild threetoed sloths by placing on their heads, in the early evening after they had fallen asleep, bright red plastic dishes filled with water.   (source)
    sloths = mammals of a specific type that seldom move and are typically very slow when they do move
  • That big bloke from Slytherin who looks like a sloth.   (source)
    sloth = a type of mammal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. 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.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
  • He moved like a ground sloth, and kept gulping water from the garden hose.   (source)
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  • Elliott slouched by us, moving more quickly than I believed possible for someone so sloth-like.   (source)
  • While they hovered past tree sloths and octopi and marmosets and water buffalo, Mum's face was pressed against the pod's window.   (source)
    sloths = mammals of a specific type that seldom move and are typically very slow when they do move
  • 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.   (source)
    sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • "Sugar gliders and sloths," Sam offered.†   (source)
  • She wanted to stay right here, and maybe see a sloth.   (source)
    sloth = a type of mammal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • Why it should look about is uncertain since, the sloth sees everything in a Magoo-like blur.   (source)
  • You think we'll see a three-toed sloth, Dad?   (source)
  • The three-toed sloth lives a peaceful, vegetarian life in perfect harmony with its environment.   (source)
  • The Himalayan bears and the sloth bears.   (source)
  • And the sloth's slightly better sense of smell should not be overestimated.   (source)
  • As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.   (source)
  • The sloth is at its busiest at sunset, using the word busy here in the most relaxed sense.   (source)
  • The three-toed sloth is not well informed about the outside world.   (source)
  • My zoology thesis was a functional analysis of the thyroid gland of the three-toed sloth.   (source)
    sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • Beebe reported that firing guns next to sleeping or feeding sloths elicited little reaction.   (source)
    sloths = mammals of a specific type that seldom move and are typically very slow when they do move
  • Photos from Brazil, with plenty of three-toed sloths in situ.   (source)
  • I'm going to see if there's a sloth.   (source)
    sloth = a type of mammal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • Did sloths make a chirping sound?   (source)
    sloths = mammals of a specific type that seldom move and are typically very slow when they do move
  • According to this book, 'the beaches of Cabo Blanco are frequented by a variety of wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, and coatimundis.   (source)
  • I chose the sloth because its demeanour—calm, quiet and introspective—did something to soothe my shattered self.   (source)
    sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • Sleepiness and sloth-fulness keep it out of harm's way, away from the notice of jaguars, ocelots, harpy eagles and anacondas.   (source)
    sloth = a type of mammal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • I had the great luck one summer of studying the three-toed sloth in situ in the equatorial jungles of Brazil.   (source)
  • One of our sloth bears became seriously ill with severe hemorrhagic enteritis after being given fish that had gone putrid by , a man who was convinced he was doing a good deed.   (source)
  • If you come upon a sleeping three-toed sloth in the wild, two or three nudges should suffice to awaken it; it will then look sleepily in every direction but yours.   (source)
  • A sloth's hairs shelter an algae that is brown during the dry season and green during the wet season, so the animal blends in with the surrounding moss and foliage and looks like a nest of white ants or of squirrels, or like nothing at all but part of a tree.   (source)
  • On a scale of 2 to 10, where 2 represents unusual dullness and 10 extreme acuity, Beebe (1926) gave the sloth's senses of taste, touch, sight and hearing a rating of 2, and its sense of smell a rating of 3.   (source)
  • A number of my fellow religious-studies students—muddled agnostics who didn't know which way was up, who were in the thrall of reason, that fool's gold for the bright— reminded me of the three-toed sloth; and the three-toed sloth, such a beautiful example of the miracle of life, reminded me of God.   (source)
  • Most of our birds and reptiles, and our lemurs, rhinos, orang-utans, mandrills, lion-tailed macaques, giraffes, anteaters, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, Himalayan and sloth bears, Indian elephants and Nilgiri tahrs, among others, were in demand, but others, Elfie for example, were met with silence.   (source)
  • They are said to be able to sniff and avoid decayed branches, but Bullock (1968) reported that sloths fall to the ground clinging to decayed branches "often".   (source)
    sloths = mammals of a specific type that seldom move and are typically very slow when they do move
  • There are two-toed sloths and there are three-toed sloths, the case being determined by the forepaws of the animals, since all sloths have three claws on their hind paws.   (source)
  • I am not one given to projecting human traits and emotions onto animals, but many a time during that month in Brazil, looking up at sloths in repose, I felt I was in the presence of upside-down yogis deep in meditation or hermits deep in prayer, wise beings whose intense imaginative lives were beyond the reach of my scientific probing.   (source)
  • North, south, east, west, free of tent, master, dark law, free above all of each other, they ran like albino pigs, tuskless boars, and stricken sloths before storms.   (source)
  • He and Ron headed downstairs from their dormitory, discussing Angelinas idea that they were to work on a new move called the Sloth Grip Roll during that night's Quidditch practice, and not until they were halfway across the sunlit common room did they notice the addition to the room that had already attracted the attention of a small group of people.   (source)
    sloth = a type of mammal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
  • But you three—you're moving like the Hungarian Sloth Snake, whose top speed is half an inch per hour!   (source)
  • He had no idea how he was going to see the Snitch in this weather; he was having enough difficulty seeing the one Bludger with which they were practising; a minute into the practice it almost unseated him and he had to use the Sloth Grip Roll to avoid it.   (source)
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  • The nights are clear, but suffused with sloth and sullen expectation.†   (source)
  • Luckily his breakfast is late; but the surly Dora should be arriving at any moment, and he doesn't want to be surprised by her in his nightshirt, caught out in sloth.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • —I am a young, large, female three-toed sloth.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • But they have little agility, tending to sloth when they reach full growth, and most Tasmanian herdsmen have learned with ease to avoid them.†   (source)
  • I smiled at this as Monica, the slothlike girl, eased through the door, carrying a tray laden with napkins.†   (source)
  • Not Heath the Jock, or Jordon the Sloth, or Jonathan the Stupid Band Kid (my dating history isn't long, but it's colorful).†   (source)
  • Get on, son of sloth!†   (source)
  • Sloth?†   (source)
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  • He moved slowly, like a sloth, favoring his right leg.†   (source)
  • Yet some great events, some cutting expres-sions, some mean scandals, hypocrisies, have at times thrown this assemblage of sloth, sleep, and littleness into a rage a little like a lion.†   (source)
  • Deo went on reciting, not realizing he was murmuring aloud: "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."†   (source)
  • The only two that don't apply are sloth and gluttony.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It's my brand of sloth, surely, that I could fail my wife so miserably but seem to provide all the necessary objects and affections.†   (source)
  • I did not put aside my sloth for the sake of a few amusing anecdotes.†   (source)
  • But I cannot lie in sloth, idle, caged.†   (source)
  • Western man had relearned-what the rest of the world had never forgotten-that there was nothing sinful in leisure as long as it did not degenerate into mere sloth.†   (source)
  • There, where I ran away from, there everything smelled of ointments, of spices, of wine, of excess, of sloth.†   (source)
  • MORE Don't deceive yourself, my lord, we've had a quarrel since the day we met, our friendship was but sloth.†   (source)
  • "You stay after Mass and confess sloth, you hear?" whispered Mama.†   (source)
  • A year into the marriage, and the charm of Chacko's studently sloth wore off for Margaret Kochamma.†   (source)
  • Alice usually beat us to lunch; she didn't have to keep pace with a sloth like me.†   (source)
  • Right after we were married, I lapsed into a voluptuous sloth.†   (source)
  • Come out here and keep him healthy yourself, you impossible sloth.†   (source)
  • By now he could be a jackal, a tiger, a sloth.†   (source)
  • She wants me to see what has become of her, since her days of sloth and overeating and failure.†   (source)
  • Sir,' she said, 'I am in great unrest, and I cannot lie longer in sloth.†   (source)
  • But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all ....why then perhaps we must stand fast a little-even at the risk of being heroes.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He had been captured by the world, by lust, covetousness, sloth, and finally also by that vice which he had used to despise and mock the most as the most foolish one of all vices: greed.†   (source)
  • His face was still smarter and more spiritual than others, but it rarely laughed, and assumed, one after another, those features which are so often found in the faces of rich people, those features of discontent, of sickliness, of ill-humour, of sloth, of a lack of love.†   (source)
  • Slowly, like humidity entering the dying stem of a tree, filling it slowly and making it rot, the world and sloth had entered Siddhartha's soul, slowly it filled his soul, made it heavy, made it tired, put it to sleep.†   (source)
  • Then by the sloth of a bureaucratic fascist.†   (source)
  • That remains of all the laziness, sloth and failure.†   (source)
  • They have settled happily into the sloth and bureaucracy of governing.†   (source)
  • To fall into sloth and idleness again.†   (source)
  • Sloth undid him too.†   (source)
  • even though they were a little soiled and worn with three years of war, with money to rattle in his pocket and his beard at its prime too: beard body and intellect at that peak which all the different parts that make a man reach, where he can say I did all that I set out to do and I could stop here if I wanted to and no man to chide me with sloth, not even myself—and maybe this the instant which Fate always picks out to blackjack you, only the peak feels so sound and stable that the beginning of the falling is hidden for a little while—with his head flung up a little in that attitude that nobody ever knew exactly who he had aped it from or if he did not perhaps learn it too from the sam†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Sloth has undone them.†   (source)
  • You have revealed every other sin of which you are capable: sloth, and ingratitude, and irreverence and blasphemy.†   (source)
  • "None escape," said the little pink sloth-creature.†   (source)
  • Her campaign against village sloth was actually begun!†   (source)
  • His thoughts were lice born of the sweat of sloth.†   (source)
  • There is nothing in Man's industrial machinery but his greed and sloth: his heart is in his weapons.†   (source)
  • The little pink sloth-creature displayed an odd affection for me, and took to following me about.†   (source)
  • The little sloth-like creature was standing and staring at me.†   (source)
  • Smaller creatures were certain dappled youths and my little sloth-creature.†   (source)
  • On waking I lay long in bed yielding to sloth.†   (source)
  • From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality.†   (source)
  • Abashed by this question, I replied that sloth was my chief temptation.†   (source)
  • How strange that Georgia, the world-heralded refuge of poor debtors, should bind her own to sloth and misfortune as ruthlessly as ever England did!†   (source)
  • I assume you agree with me, or you will when you have had an opportunity to see the effect our work has on the city, and the success we have in selling the idea of Better Health, that what the world needs is a really inspired, courageous, overtowering leader— say a Billy Sunday of the movement—a man who would know how to use sensationalism properly and wake the people out of their sloth.†   (source)
  • He looked at it without anger; for, though sloth of the body and of the soul crept over it like unseen vermin, over the shuffling feet and up the folds of the cloak and around the servile head, it seemed humbly conscious of its indignity.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • But when this brief pride of silence upheld him no longer he was glad to find himself still in the midst of common lives, passing on his way amid the squalor and noise and sloth of the city fearlessly and with a light heart.†   (source)
  • They reason thus because they are unable to comprehend that even venial sin is of such a foul and hideous nature that even if the omnipotent Creator could end all the evil and misery in the world, the wars, the diseases, the robberies, the crimes, the deaths, the murders, on condition that he allowed a single venial sin to pass unpunished, a single venial sin, a lie, an angry look, a moment of wilful sloth, He, the great omnipotent God could not do so because sin, be it in thought or deed, is a transgression of His law and God would not be God if He did not punish the transgressor.†   (source)
  • Time was to sin in secrecy, to indulge in that sloth and pride, to covet the unlawful, to yield to the promptings of your lower nature, to live like the beasts of the field, nay worse than the beasts of the field, for they, at least, are but brutes and have no reason to guide them: time was, but time shall be no more.†   (source)
  • The creature had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth, the same low forehead and slow gestures.†   (source)
  • From the evil seed of lust all other deadly sins had sprung forth: pride in himself and contempt of others, covetousness in using money for the purchase of unlawful pleasures, envy of those whose vices he could not reach to and calumnious murmuring against the pious, gluttonous enjoyment of food, the dull glowering anger amid which he brooded upon his longing, the swamp of spiritual and bodily sloth in which his whole being had sunk.†   (source)
  • The little pink sloth-creature was still blinking at me when my Ape-man reappeared at the aperture of the nearest of these dens, and beckoned me in.†   (source)
  • The little pink sloth-thing became shy and left me, to crawl back to its natural life once more among the tree-branches.†   (source)
  • The little pink sloth-creature stood in the aperture of the hut, and something else with a drab face and bright eyes came staring over its shoulder.†   (source)
  • Twice we heard unseen creatures howling and shrieking past our little band, and once the little pink sloth-creature appeared and stared at us, and vanished again.†   (source)
  • I was lying in the shade of the enclosure wall, staring out to sea, when I was startled by something cold touching the skin of my heel, and starting round found the little pink sloth-creature blinking into my face.†   (source)
  • We were making such a noise that I noticed nothing of a tumult outside, until some one, who I think was one of the two Swine Men I had seen, thrust his head over the little pink sloth-creature and shouted something excitedly, something that I did not catch.†   (source)
  • The little pink sloth-creature dashed at me, and I gashed down its ugly face with the nail in my stick and in another minute was scrambling up a steep side pathway, a kind of sloping chimney, out of the ravine.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • You may hear the fire begin to roar already, and I know by experience, that when the flame once gets fairly into the prairie grass, it is no sloth that can outrun it.†   (source)
  • I accuse myself of sloth and unprofitableness day by day; but when these waves of God flow into me I no longer reckon lost time.†   (source)
  • It was to this workman that the strong barytone belonged which was heard above the sound of plane and hammer singing— Awake, my soul, and with the sun Thy daily stage of duty run; Shake off dull sloth... Here some measurement was to be taken which required more concentrated attention, and the sonorous voice subsided into a low whistle; but it presently broke out again with renewed vigour— Let all thy converse be sincere, Thy conscience as the noonday clear.†   (source)
  • The sloth, the hopelessness, and if I may say so, the cowardice of the last century, had given place to the eager, restless heroism of a declared revolutionary period.†   (source)
  • With a full knowledge of what he brought upon you by so doing, he has come back in his selfish sloth, to be an aggravation of your wants, and a burden upon his sister's scanty wages.†   (source)
  • It is not the ruin of a few individuals which may be soon repaired, but the inactivity and sloth of the community at large which would be fatal to such a people.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • '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.†   (source)
  • In the one case a man lies dead-alive four generations—mummified in ignorance and sloth—and that qualifies him to command live people, and take their weal and woe into his impotent hands; and in the other case, a man lies bedded with death and worms four generations, and that qualifies him for office in the celestial camp.†   (source)
  • I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight.†   (source)
  • "Ay, the beast is no sloth," continued the trapper in the Teton language, as if he continued the discourse, edging cautiously through the dusky throng at the same time, until he found himself riding at the side of Paul.†   (source)
  • Nor was it by our sloth or sluggishness the Trojans stripped Patroklos of his armor.†   (source)
  • Knowing the sloth of the Emperor Julian, he persuaded the army in Sclavonia, of which he was captain, that it would be right to go to Rome and avenge the death of Pertinax, who had been killed by the praetorian soldiers; and under this pretext, without appearing to aspire to the throne, he moved the army on Rome, and reached Italy before it was known that he had started.†   (source)
  • Therefore, do not let our princes accuse fortune for the loss of their principalities after so many years' possession, but rather their own sloth, because in quiet times they never thought there could be a change (it is a common defect in man not to make any provision in the calm against the tempest), and when afterwards the bad times came they thought of flight and not of defending themselves, and they hoped that the people, disgusted with the insolence of the conquerors, would recall them.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Do so: to ebb, Hereditary sloth instructs me.†   (source)
  • I may perceive These Cardinals trifle with me; I abhor This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.†   (source)
  • BON: Ay; answer me, is not thy sloth Sufficient argument?†   (source)
  • Your vests embroider'd with rich purple shine; In sloth you glory, and in dances join.†   (source)
  • But looke, for no negligence or sloth,
    Ye tarry us here no longer than to-morrow.†   (source)
  • A serving-man, proud in heart and mind; that curled my hair; wore gloves in my cap; served the lust of my mistress' heart, and did the act of darkness with her; swore as many oaths as I spake words, and broke them in the sweet face of heaven: one that slept in the contriving of lust, and waked to do it: wine loved I deeply, dice dearly; and in woman out-paramour'd the Turk; false of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand; hog in sloth, fox in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in prey.†   (source)
  • He himself ought rather to shake off his sloth, or to lay down his pride, for the contempt or hatred that his people have for him takes its rise from the vices in himself.†   (source)
  • I told him "we fed on a thousand things which operated contrary to each other; that we ate when we were not hungry, and drank without the provocation of thirst; that we sat whole nights drinking strong liquors, without eating a bit, which disposed us to sloth, inflamed our bodies, and precipitated or prevented digestion; that prostitute female Yahoos acquired a certain malady, which bred rottenness in the bones of those who fell into their embraces; that this, and many other diseases, were propagated from father to son; so that great numbers came into the world with complicated maladies upon them; tha†   (source)
  • "Now it behoves thee thus to put off sloth," said the Master, "for, sitting upon down or under quilt, one attains not fame, without which he who consumes his life leaves of himself such trace on earth as smoke in air, or in water the foam.†   (source)
  • Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb,
    Counselled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth,
    Not peace; and after him thus Mammon spake:—
    "Either to disenthrone the King of Heaven
    We war, if war be best, or to regain
    Our own right lost.†   (source)
  • See anger, zeal and fortitude supply;
    Even avarice, prudence; sloth, philosophy;
    Lust, through some certain strainers well refined,
    Is gentle love, and charms all womankind;
    Envy, to which th' ignoble mind's a slave,
    Is emulation in the learned or brave;
    Nor virtue, male or female, can we name,
    But what will grow on pride, or grow on shame.†   (source)
  • They whom necessity, or covetousnesse keepeth attent on their trades, and labour; and they, on the other side, whom superfluity, or sloth carrieth after their sensuall pleasures, (which two sorts of men take up the greatest part of Man-kind,) being diverted from the deep meditation, which the learning of truth, not onely in the matter of Naturall Justice, but also of all other Sciences necessarily requireth, receive the Notions of their duty, chiefly from Divines in the Pulpit, and partly from such of their Neighbours, or familiar acquaintance, as having the Faculty of discoursing readily, and plausibly, seem wiser and better learned in cases of Law, and Conscience, than themselves.†   (source)
  • All I shall do is to pray to heaven to deliver you from it, and show you how beneficial and necessary knights-errant were in days of yore, and how useful they would be in these days were they but in vogue; but now, for the sins of the people, sloth and indolence, gluttony and luxury are triumphant.†   (source)
  • By all which, instead of being discouraged, they are fifty times more violently bent upon prosecuting their schemes, driven equally on by hope and despair: that as for himself, being not of an enterprising spirit, he was content to go on in the old forms, to live in the houses his ancestors had built, and act as they did, in every part of life, without innovation: that some few other persons of quality and gentry had done the same, but were looked on with an eye of contempt and ill-will, as enemies to art, ignorant, and ill common-wealth's men, preferring their own ease and sloth before the general improvement of their country.†   (source)
  • were employed only in such things as the conveniences of life require, there would be such an abundance of them that the prices of them would so sink that tradesmen could not be maintained by their gains; if all those who labour about useless things were set to more profitable employments, and if all they that languish out their lives in sloth and idleness (every one of whom consumes as much as any two of the men that are at work) were forced to labour, you may easily imagine that a small proportion of time would serve for doing all that is either necessary, profitable, or pleasant to mankind, especially while pleasure is kept within its due bounds: this appears very plainly in Utopia†   (source)
  • Sloth, or "Accidie," which comes after the sin of Anger, because Envy blinds the eyes of a man, and Anger troubleth a man, and Sloth maketh him heavy, thoughtful, and peevish.†   (source)
  • But now sloth triumphs over energy, indolence over exertion, vice over virtue, arrogance over courage, and theory over practice in arms, which flourished and shone only in the golden ages and in knights-errant.†   (source)
  • Those, whom last thou sawest
    In triumph and luxurious wealth, are they
    First seen in acts of prowess eminent
    And great exploits, but of true virtue void;
    Who, having spilt much blood, and done much wast
    Subduing nations, and achieved thereby
    Fame in the world, high titles, and rich prey;
    Shall change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth,
    Surfeit, and lust; till wantonness and pride
    Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace.†   (source)
  • But well thou comest
    Before thy fellows, ambitious to win
    From me some plume, that thy success may show
    Destruction to the rest: This pause between,
    (Unanswered lest thou boast) to let thee know,
    At first I thought that Liberty and Heaven
    To heavenly souls had been all one; but now
    I see that most through sloth had rather serve,
    Ministring Spirits, trained up in feast and song!†   (source)
  • We have to slay pride in giants, envy by generosity and nobleness of heart, anger by calmness of demeanour and equanimity, gluttony and sloth by the spareness of our diet and the length of our vigils, lust and lewdness by the loyalty we preserve to those whom we have made the mistresses of our thoughts, indolence by traversing the world in all directions seeking opportunities of making ourselves, besides Christians, famous knights.†   (source)
  • For of this root spring certain branches: as ire, envy, accidie <6> or sloth, avarice or covetousness (to common understanding), gluttony, and lechery: and each of these sins hath his branches and his twigs, as shall be declared in their chapters following.†   (source)
  • But they think it madness for a man to wear out the beauty of his face or the force of his natural strength, to corrupt the sprightliness of his body by sloth and laziness, or to waste it by fasting; that it is madness to weaken the strength of his constitution and reject the other delights of life, unless by renouncing his own satisfaction he can either serve the public or promote the happiness of others, for which he expects a greater recompense from God.†   (source)
  • Scarce had the fair Aurora given bright Phoebus time to dry the liquid pearls upon her golden locks with the heat of his fervent rays, when Don Quixote, shaking off sloth from his limbs, sprang to his feet and called to his squire Sancho, who was still snoring; seeing which Don Quixote ere he roused him thus addressed him: "Happy thou, above all the dwellers on the face of the earth, that, without envying or being envied, sleepest with tranquil mind, and that neither enchanters persecute nor enchantments affright.†   (source)
  • And though men dreaded never for to die,
    Yet see men well by reason, doubteless,
    That idleness is root of sluggardy,
    Of which there cometh never good increase;
    And see that sloth them holdeth in a leas,* *leash <2>
    Only to sleep, and for to eat and drink,
    And to devouren all that others swink.†   (source)
  • Against Sloth, and these and other branches and fruits of it, the remedy lies in the virtue of fortitude or strength, in its various species of magnanimity or great courage; faith and hope in God and his saints; surety or sickerness, when a man fears nothing that can oppose the good works he has under taken; magnificence, when he carries out great works of goodness begun; constancy or stableness of heart; and other incentives to energy and laborious service: (5.)†   (source)
  • Valerian said, "Two crownes here have we,
    Snow-white and rose-red, that shine clear,
    Which that thine eyen have no might to see;
    And, as thou smellest them through my prayere,
    So shalt thou see them, leve* brother dear, *beloved
    If it so be thou wilt withoute sloth
    Believe aright, and know the very troth."†   (source)
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