Monthly Archives: September 2013

On laziness


It was at school that my secret sin was first brought into the open: laziness. I was considered a clever girl, but lazy. It has been with me ever since, and the guilt I feel about it assures me that it is a sin, not an inability… I slide off sideways, almost unconsciously, into doing something else, which I like doing…

So often have I proved that this form of self-indulgence ends by making my life less agreeable rather than more so that my inability to control it almost frightens me; but that I should ever get the better of it now seems, alas, most unlikely.

– Diana Athill, Instead of a Letter


by | Tuesday 24 September 2013 · 5:22 pm