These words were uttered by Edward Gibbon, after he finished his six-volume epic: History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. (a book that was considered by many to be the pre-eminent collection on Roman history). Gibbon was exhausted, ready to retire to the English countryside. And yet, he realized what all GREAT MEN realize.

“To an active mind, indolence is more painful than labor”

The GREAT MAN is always on the move, always in the act of becoming. He must BE...he must DO. He runs to a destiny every day. He climbs the Mountain of Potential. He swims in the Ocean of Possibility.

The GREAT MAN can never relax. For a day or two…perhaps. But then the voices begin…calling him into the Battlefield of Tomorrow.

See Related Article: The Man That You Become is More Important Than the Boy That You Were

2 thoughts on “To an Active Mind, Indolence is More Painful Than Labor

  1. Yes, any number of the things I’ve taught myself to do over the years start with the phrase, “I was bored…” One of my versions of hell is definitely an existence without learning.

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