Friday, January 16, 2009


Indefeasible Indolence

Charles Lamb, letter to William and Dorothy Wordworth (Sept. 28, 1805):
Hang work! I wish that all the year were holiday. I am sure that indolence—indefeasible indolence—is the true state of man, and business the invention of the old Teazer, whose interference doomed Adam to an apron and set him a hoeing. Pen and ink, and clerks and desks, were the refinements of this old torturer some thousand years after, under pretence of "Commerce allying distant shores, promoting and diffusing knowledge, good," &c. &c.
Related post: Darling Laziness.

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