These landowners are idle, and I might therefore be expected to praise them. Course Hero. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from They consider work ... as a necessary means to a livelihood. Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds. Quotes By Bertrand Russell. Victims of oppression are not cynical, since they are filled with hate, and hate, like any other strong passion, brings with it a train of attendant beliefs.”, “The antidote, in so far as it is a matter of individual psychology, is to be found in history, biology, astronomy, and all those studies which, without destroying self-respect, enable the individual to see himself in his proper perspective. Russell states his reason for arguing in favor of the reduction of hours in the workday. Idleness eats the heart out of men as of nations, and consumes them as rust does iron. Idleness allows you to turn a situation from boredom to pleasure. When it finally hit me that my idleness was taking a toll on her, I was genuinely sad and depressed. The men still work eight hours, there are too many pins, some employers go bankrupt, and half the men previously concerned in making pins are thrown out of work. I think the man who eats the bread of idleness is under a certain obligation to speak well of labor. It had put my mom under a lot of stress. Russell distinguishes between the "wise" use of leisure and the passive use of leisure. A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value. But I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached. Both are necessary for a successful economy. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company. August 7, 2020. Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness. Course Hero, Inc. As a reminder, you may only use Course Hero content for your own personal use and may not copy, distribute, or otherwise exploit it for any other purpose. Quotes tagged as "in-praise-of-idleness" Showing 1-1 of 1 “The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich.” ― Bertrand Russell Download a PDF to print or study offline. There was a phase when I would just loaf around, doing nothing. He could feel that the emotions of the individual matter, and that tragic occurrences deserve to be celebrated in immortal verse. Learn the important quotes in In Praise of Idleness and the chapters they're from, including why they're important and … Man himself appears as a somewhat ridiculous strutting animal, shouting and fussing during a brief interlude between infinite silences.”, “The causes of any widespread scepticism are likely to be sociological rather than intellectual. Can anything more insane be imagined?”, “For my part, while I am as convinced a Socialist as the most ardent Marxian, I do not regard Socialism as a gospel of proletarian revenge, nor even, primarily, as a means of securing economic justice. Neither of these motives makes any great appeal to the actual worker. Idleness - a job that you have to go to, but not necessarily do anything - is the poet's friend. The use of the sweeping generalization "Slave State" is a rhetorical technique that Russell employs to cause the reader to reconsider the popular idea that hard work makes a person morally superior. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The invention of money opened a new field to human avarice by giving rise to usury and the practice of lending money at interest while the owner passes a life of idleness.