Sloth Quotes

25 Sloth Quotes About Diligence and Slowing Down

The long-limbed sluggish creature moves inch by inch, yet it reaches our hearts. Found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, sloths are tree dwellers consisting of six species. Even if we associate them with the seven deadly sins, sloths also teach us to slow down and appreciate life. From eye-opening to hilarious messages, our collection of sloth quotes below encapsulates the essence of these slow mammals.

Eye-Opening Sloth Quotes To Prevent Laziness

From the book of Proverbs in the Bible to Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy, being a sloth represents a moral failing, a lack of ambition and drive that can hinder our progress. But interestingly, some entrepreneurs, such as automotive industry pioneers Walter Chrysler, have turned this notion on its head, reimagining sloth as a positive trait focused on efficiency—this fresh take on sloth challenges our preconceived ideas about laziness.

Moreover, by exploring the concept's potential as a catalyst for ingenuity and efficiency, we can see how it might inspire us to think outside the box.

As you read the sloth quotes below, prepare to unleash your full potential while working smarter.
Head to our pride quotes to read up on another quality associated with the seven deadly sins, but far more important these days as a reflection on our self-worth and equality.

"Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer." -Niccolo Machiavelli #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #changetheworld #sloth #lazy
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"Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer."

- Niccolo Machiavelli

"Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them." -Benjamin Franklin #trvst #quotes #bethechange #planetearthfirst #sloth #lazy
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"Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them."

- Benjamin Franklin

"Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man...to find an easy way of doing it." -Walter Chrysler #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #bethechange #sloth  #lazy #worksmart
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"Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man...to find an easy way of doing it."

- Walter Chrysler

"You need not be proud of me...it isn't such a great desire on my part to serve the world and I'll fall back into habits of sloth quite easily!" -Eleanor Roosevelt #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #gogreen #sloth  #lazy
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"You need not be proud of me...it isn't such a great desire on my part to serve the world and I'll fall back into habits of sloth quite easily!"

- Eleanor Roosevelt

"To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affection; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar." -Francis Bacon #trvst #quotes #bethechange #impact #sloth  #lazy
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"To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affection; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar."

- Francis Bacon

"The kindest word to describe my performance in school was sloth." -Harrison Ford #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #beinspired #sloth  #lazy #worksmart
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"The kindest word to describe my performance in school was sloth."

- Harrison Ford

Metaphorical Sloth Quotes To Think About

Sloths always take a leisurely pace because of their extremely slow metabolism. However, even if they walk at an average speed of one foot per hour, they can defend themselves from predators thanks to their other adaptations. If their camouflage and odorless features fail them, they can use their three to four-inch long claws and sharp teeth to inflict wounds on their predators. Aside from being prey, sloths also hold their own ecosystem in their body1, from algae to beetles.

There's more to these tree dwellers than being slow. Just like these metaphorical sloth quotes, discover alternate figurative meanings about being sluggish.

"Sloth and silence are a fool's virtues" -Benjamin Franklin #trvst #quotes #bethechange #changetheworld #sloth #silence
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"Sloth and silence are a fool's virtues"

- Benjamin Franklin

"It's a shame that creativity and sloth look exactly the same." -Louise Penny #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #bethechange #sloth
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"It's a shame that creativity and sloth look exactly the same."

- Louise Penny

"Division of labor is a justification for sloth." -Leo Tolstoy #trvst #quotes #impact #changetheworld #sloth
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"Division of labor is a justification for sloth."

- Leo Tolstoy

"It feels good to finally stand on top of vanquished sloth, and actually impress some people as a hard worker." -Guy Maddin #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #beinspired #sloth #people
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"It feels good to finally stand on top of vanquished sloth, and actually impress some people as a hard worker."

- Guy Maddin

"The scent of sloth tempts a smug man." -James Boswell #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #sloth
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"The scent of sloth tempts a smug man."

- James Boswell

"Lust, Pride, Sloth, and Gluttony, or, as we call them these days, 'getting in touch with your sexuality,' 'raising your self-esteem,' 'relaxation therapy,' and 'being a recovered bulimic.'" -P.J. O'Rourke #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialimpact #sloth #relaxation
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"Lust, Pride, Sloth, and Gluttony, or, as we call them these days, 'getting in touch with your sexuality,' 'raising your self-esteem,' 'relaxation therapy,' and 'being a recovered bulimic.'"

- P.J. O'Rourke

"Cynicism is only intellectual sloth." -Henry Rollins #trvst #quotes #gogreen #socialimpact #sloth
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"Cynicism is only intellectual sloth."

- Henry Rollins

"Sloth, if it has prevented many crimes, has also smothered many virtues." -Charles Caleb Colton #trvst #quotes #dogood #planetearthfirst #sloth
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"Sloth, if it has prevented many crimes, has also smothered many virtues."

- Charles Caleb Colton

"Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth." -George Saunders #trvst #quotes #dogood #gogreen #sloth
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"Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth."

- George Saunders

Funny Sloth Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Acknowledging the delicate balance between laziness and taking a well-deserved break is essential. In our fast-paced world, we often criticize ourselves for slowing down but pausing to rest can work wonders for our mental health

Allowing our minds to recharge can lead to increased creativity, better problem-solving skills, and a refreshed outlook. Of course, the best way to spend a break is through humor which multiple studies proved to reduce stress.  

Turn your lazy moments to stress-reducing humor when you read these funny sloth quotes below.

"As to the Seven Deadly Sins, I deplore Pride, Wrath, Lust, Envy, and Greed. Gluttony and Sloth I pretty much plan my day around." -Robert Breault #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #thinkgreen #sloth
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"As to the Seven Deadly Sins, I deplore Pride, Wrath, Lust, Envy, and Greed. Gluttony and Sloth I pretty much plan my day around."

- Robert Breault

"And I thought, there's a sloth near. There's a sloth here, it's close, and it's gonna happen. And I didn't know how to process that, because my entire life had been waiting for this moment." -Kristen Bell #trvst #quotes #bethechange #socialchange #sloth #life
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"And I thought, there's a sloth near. There's a sloth here, it's close, and it's gonna happen. And I didn't know how to process that, because my entire life had been waiting for this moment."

- Kristen Bell

"I love to sleep. My astrological sign is the sloth." -Julie Schumacher #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #socialchange #sloth #love #sleep
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"I love to sleep. My astrological sign is the sloth."

- Julie Schumacher

"The sloth lives his life upside down...If the blood rushes to his head, nothing happens because there is nothing to work on." -Will Cuppy #trvst #quotes #gogreen #takeaction #sloth #blood #life
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"The sloth lives his life upside down...If the blood rushes to his head, nothing happens because there is nothing to work on."

- Will Cuppy

"You know, sloth is a sin...I prefer to think of it as an adorable animal." -Ella James #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialimpact #sloth #animal
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"You know, sloth is a sin...I prefer to think of it as an adorable animal."

- Ella James

Sloth Quotes From Poems To Movies

Throughout history, the unhurried nature of sloths has captivated poets and artists, inspiring them to weave these creatures into their works. For example, Roman poets Ovid and Horace used sloths to symbolize laziness and idleness.

Fast-forwarding to today's pop culture, we find sloths starring in various forms of entertainment. Who can forget Sid, the lovable sloth from the Ice Age film series? Despite his slow ways, Sid charmed audiences worldwide with his clumsy yet endearing personality.

Read the rest of our sloth quotes below, from cautionary tales to lighthearted portrayals.

"Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves." -Ovid #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #changetheworld #sloth #water
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"Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves."

- Ovid

"You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren." -Horace #trvst #quotes #takeaction #dogood #sloth
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"You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren."

- Horace

"A Bradypus, or Sloth, am I I live a life of ease...idle as I please" -Michael Flanders #trvst #quotes #beinspired #changetheworld #sloth #life
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"A Bradypus, or Sloth, am I I live a life of ease...idle as I please"

- Michael Flanders

"An unclean person is universally a slothful one." -Henry David Thoreau #trvst #quotes #takeaction #dogood #sloth #person
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"An unclean person is universally a slothful one."

- Henry David Thoreau

"Hey, I’m a sloth. I see a tree, I eat a leaf, that’s my tracking." -Sid the Sloth #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #impact #sloth #tree
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"Hey, I’m a sloth. I see a tree, I eat a leaf, that’s my tracking."

- Sid the Sloth

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Kaup, M., Trull, S. and Hom, E.F.Y. (2021), On the move: sloths and their epibionts as model mobile ecosystems. Biol Rev, 96: 2638-2660. 

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