100 Best Sloth Quotes To Help You Take Things Slow

Srija Chanda
Dec 12, 2023 By Srija Chanda
Originally Published on Feb 19, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Sloth hanging on the tree

Sloth quotes can provide a breath of relief during tiresome days when all you want to do is take a break from work.

Sloth has been categorized as one of the seven deadly sins. However, when our bodies tire out, it's sloth that we crave the most.

Today's jam-packed life doesn't quite give people a chance to pause, but these sloth quotes are sure to bring a smile to your face. Whether about the sloth the animal, Sid (the character), or the slothful trait in us, you'll find all the good sloth quotes in this article!

If you like these sloth quotes, get to check out funny animal quotes and elephant quotes.

Sloth Quotes From Around The Globe

Make your slothful day resourceful with some good sloth quotes!

1. “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.

2. “All the seven deadly sins are peccadilloes but...Pride, Lust, and Sloth, poetry might never have been born.”

- Vladimir Nabokov.

3. “Your husband is lazy if coffee doesn't keep him awake - even when it's hot and being spilled on him.”

- Phyllis Diller.

4. “Sloth is all passions the most powerful.”

- Samuel Beckett.

5. “The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.”

- Harrison Ford.

6. “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.

7. “Sloth, if it has prevented many crimes, has also smothered many virtues.”

- Charles Caleb Colton.

8. “Nothing irritates me more than chronic laziness...it's only mental sloth I object to. Physical sloth can be heavenly.”

- Elizabeth Hurley.

9. “Division of labor is a justification for sloth.”

- Leo Tolstoy.

10. “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.

11. “When I'm working, I work, work, work...when I'm not, I'm the laziest sloth this planet has ever provided us.”

- Al Jourgensen.

12. “In twenty years'...I'll be eighty-three, just an old man with a stick moving like a sloth bear.”

- Dalai Lama.

13. “I created my own party...called the Sloth and Indolence Party.”

- Utah Phillips.

14. “Weariness can snore upon the flint when resting sloth finds the down pillow hard.”

- Shakespeare.

15. “No man is so methodical as a complete idler.”

- Washington Irving.

16. “If I let a gust of wind or a sprinkling of rain turn me aside from the easy tasks, what preparation would such sloth be for the future I propose myself?”

- Charlotte Bronte.

17. “I love to sleep. My astrological sign is the sloth.”

- Julie Schumacher.

18. “It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation...Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you...therefore pay you cash to go away.”

- Rudyard Kipling, ‘Dane-Geld’.

19. “The avenues in my neighborhood are Pride, Covetousness and Lust; the cross streets are Anger, Gluttony, Envy and Sloth. I live over on Sloth.”

- John Chancellor.

20. “Awake...The elephant hauls himself from the mud. In the same way drag yourself out of your sloth.”

- Gautam Buddha.

21. “Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them.”

- Benjamin Franklin.

22. “As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.”

- Yann Martel.

23. “And I thought, there's a sloth near...it's gonna happen...my entire life had been waiting for this moment.”

- Kristen Bell.

24. “Cynicism is only intellectual sloth.”

- Henry Rollins.

25. “The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye...tends to be impatient, craves the novel...bored by repetition.”

- W. H. Auden.

26. “Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth.”

- George Saunders.

27. “The point of sloths is to bring a sense of wonder...Did you know that every other animal's favorite animal is the sloth?”

- Ann Burton.

28. “A good work ethic is...one for responsibility...the hard worker is just as dysfunctional as the sloth.”

- Criss Jami, ‘Healology’.

29. “I rather would entreat thy company...Than, living dully sluggardized at home, Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.”

- Shakespeare.

30. “Lethargy, bordering on sloth should remain the cornerstone of an investment style.”

- Warren Buffett.

31. “A Bradypus, or Sloth, am I

I live a life of ease...idle as I please”

- Michael Flanders.

Sid The Sloth Quotes

If you are a fan of funny sloth quotes then you can't afford to miss out on these rib-tickling sloth quotes from 'Ice Age' (2002) and 'Ice Age: The Meltdown' (2006)!

32. “Ah, you know me, I'm too lazy to hold a grudge.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

33. “Look, I opened my camp! "Campo del Sid". It means Camp of Sid.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

34. “Manfred : Hey. Who said you kids could torture the sloth?

Diego : Manny, don't squash their creativity.

Sid : Hey...my bad mammal-jammals. Want to give the sloth a hand?”

- 'Ice Age 2'.

35. “We're gonna live...We're gonna die!”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

36. “[explaining the meaning of fear]  Jealousy, mostly...fear is natural.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

37. “I'm a mammal that cares!”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

38. “All right, All right... I was trying to relax.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

39. “Why?! Doesn't anyone love me? Isn't there anyone who cares about Sid the Sloth!”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

40. “Sid : You guys won't believe what happened to me just now!

Diego : I'm gonna...say you were "sleepwalking".

Sid : Oh, no. I was kidnapped by a tribe of mini sloths.”

- 'Ice Age 2'.

41. “[Diego makes a huge jump]

Sid : I wish I could jump like that.”

- 'Ice Age'.

42. “Well, tomorrow's the day the scary vulture said we're all gonna die.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

43. “No seriously! I can take care of this... wha- what is this? Pine cone! Oh, my goodness! That's my favorite!”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

44. “Hey. Can you guys slow down? I'm dying here.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

45. "Sid : You are a very advanced race. Together we can look for a solution.

Female Mini Sloth : [eagerly]  We have one...

Sid : That's not very advanced."

- 'Ice Age 2'.

46. “Survival! Of the! Fittest! I-don't-think-so.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

47. “Yeah but with my little stick in my highly evolved brain... [accidentally pokes himself with it] Ow!... I shall create fire.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

48. “Don't let them impale me. I wanna live!”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

49. “Makin' friends everywhere yuh go - just makin' friends.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

50. “I don't know about you guys, but we are the weirdest herd I've ever seen.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

51. “My feet are sweating.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

52. “Manny, you've come a long way since we first met...but you need to let go of the past so you'll have a future.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

53. “Maybe we could rapidly evolve into water creatures...Call me Squid.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

54. “So she...says, "If you're gonna have a second mating dance, at least pick a sloth with the same color pelt...She's gonna go praying-mantis on me." Know what I'm saying?”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

55. “Come on, the ice may be thin, but it's strong enough to hold a 10 ton mammoth and a nine ton possum.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

56. “Well, don't "that" put the 'stink' in extinction!”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

57. “This whole ice age thing is getting old. You know what I could go for? A global warming.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

58. “Manny, look on the bright side; you have us!”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

59. “I just did something involuntary... and messy.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

60. “[frantic]  What? Wait, no! Wait, wait, wait.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

61. “I'm putting sloths on the map.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

62. “Sid : No running, James! Camp rules!

James : Make me, sloth!

Sid : Make me, "sir"! It's all about respect.”

- 'Ice Age 2'.

63. “This is either really good or really bad.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age 2'.

64. “Hey, thanks for waiting.”

- Sid, 'Ice Age'.

Slow Down Quotes

Sloth quotes are more relevant in the fast-paced modern day routine life where people hardly know what it feels like having a day off and relaxing. Sometimes we must take it slow, enrich and rejuvenate our senses and just watch the day pass.

65. “So this is what you do when it all slows down and the minutes that tick by feels a little longer...You open your eyes a little wider...Stop and notice things...Slow down. Stop trying to do everything now, now, now.”

- Cecelia Ahern, ‘Thanks for the Memories’.

66. “As winter approaches...we crave page-turners, books made for long nights and tryptophan-induced sloth.”

- Sarah MacLean.

67. “Every time we go fast, we learn to slow down our obstacles”

- J. Ruby.

68. “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.

69. “If you're short on time, don't speed up. Slow down.”

- Robert Celner.

70. “Sloth is most often evidenced in busyness...trying to be everything to everyone, and then having no time to listen or pray...to become the person who is doing these things.”

- Eugene H. Peterson.

71. “Slow down a bit...you will not miss out on anything around you...So sit back...discover you, again."

- Christine Szymanski.

Sloth 'Goonies' Quotes

Are you looking for sloth characters? These 'The Goonies' Sloth quotes (1985) will make your day.

72. “Sloth, get back here! Sloth!”

- Chunk.

73. “Jake Fratelli : You know Sloth, if you sit too close to the TV, you're going hurt your eyes.

Sloth : Eh!”

- 'Goonies'.

74. “Ruth! Ruth! Baby! Ruth!”

- Sloth.

75. “Chunk : [the cave is falling down, the goonies are escaping with the help of Sloth]  Sloth! Come on!

Sloth : Sloth love Chunk!”

- 'Goonies'.

76. “[Sloth rips off his shirt revealing a T-Shirt with the Superman 'S' on the front]  Sloth!”

- Sloth.

77. “Rocky Road? Heh Heh!”

- Sid.

78. “Come to mama Slothy”

- Mama Fratelli.

79. “[Chunk tosses the candy bar to Sloth and it hits him in the head. Both scream]

Chunk : I'm sorry, mister! I'm sorry!

[Sloth rips his chains out of the wall and goes to pick up the candy bar. Then, he realizes he's free]”

- 'Goonies'.

Best Sloth Quotes From ‘Zootopia’

Can you imagine a world dominated by slothful actions? These sloth quotes from 'Zootopia' (2016) offer you a glimpse of what it is like to live with laggards.

80. “Nick Wilde: Flash is the fastest guy in there, he can run the plate like that.

[…Nick takes Judy to the DMV building]

Judy Hopps: Wait! They’re all sloths?!”

- 'Zootopia'.

81. “Real life is messy. We all have limitations...make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half-full, we all have a lot in common.”

- Judy.

82. “Judy Hopps: We are in a really big hurry!

Flash: I am on …

[long pause]

Judy Hopps: It?

Flash: Break.

[Judy slams her head...in frustration]”

- 'Zootopia'.

83. “When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place...no matter what type of animal you are, from the biggest elephant, to our first fox, I implore you, try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you...It starts with all of us.”

- Judy.

84. “The more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be.”

- Judy.

85. “Are you saying that because he’s a sloth he can’t be fast?”

- Nick.

86. “Judy Hopps: Wait, wait, wait!”

- Judy.

87. “We may be evolved, but deep down we are still animals.”

- Mr. Big.

Sinful Sloth Quotes

It's believed that sloth is sinful. Nevertheless, a little indulgence can cause no harm. Here are some sinful sloth quotes that remind us that industry and hard work is the key to success.

88. “There are times when one is tempted to say that the great, sprawling, lethargic sin of Sloth is the oldest and greatest of the sins and the parent of all the rest.”

- Dorothy L. Sayers.

89. “We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.”

- Quintilian.

90. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece”

- Bible.

91. “Nobody has ever thought himself to death...It is laziness, sloth...seeping into the cellar like swamp water.”

- Gilbert Highet.

92. “Sloth and silence are a fool's virtues”

- Benjamin Franklin.

93. “You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.”

- Horace.

94. “Pride, Sloth, and Gluttony, or, as we call them these days..."raising your self-esteem," "relaxation therapy," and "being a recovered bulimic."

- P. J. O'Rourke.

95. “It feels good to finally stand on top of vanquished sloth, and actually impress some people as a hard worker.”

- Guy Maddin.

96. “Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer.”

- Niccolo Machiavelli.

97. “An unclean person is universally a slothful one.”

- Henry David Thoreau.

98. “Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves.”

- Ovid.

99. “Sloth becomes a sin when it slows down and even brings to a halt the energy we must expend in using the means to salvation.”

- John Hardon.

100. “You know, sloth is a sin...I prefer to think of it as an adorable animal.”

- Ella James, ‘Sloth’.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for sloth quotes then why not take a look at tiger quotes, or animal lover quotes.

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Written by Srija Chanda

Master of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

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Srija ChandaMaster of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

An aspiring media professional, Srija is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, after completing her degree in journalism. With experience in PR and social media, she has also honed her leadership skills through her participation in a youth parliament. Srija's interests include devouring books, watching movies, and exploring new places through travel.

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