Industry and Sloth

A young man never went to work as he listened to Industry and Sloth argue their points until it was time for dinner. Days wasted!

Decisions not made lead nowhere.

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An indolent young man being asked why he lay in bed so long, jocosely and carelessly answered, “Every morning of my life I am hearing causes. I have two fine damsels, their names are Industry and Sloth, at my bedside, as soon as ever I awake, pressing their different suits. One entreats me to get up, the other persuades me to lie still; and then they alternately give me various reasons why I should rise, and why I should not. This detains me so long, as it is the duty of an impartial judge to hear all that can be said on both sides, that before the pleadings are over it is time to go to dinner.” Many men waste the prime of their days in deliberating what they shall do, and bring them to a period without coming to any determination.