66+ Best Busy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational busy quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Busy Quotes

There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living there is nothing that is harder to learn. Seneca

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. John Lennon

What would it be like to only have activities in your life that ‘sparked joy? it’s a goal to keep in mind as you evaluate your schedule. Laura Vanderkam

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie

Why am I so busy? When everything around me is moving so fast, I stop and ask, Is it the world that’s busy, or is it my mind? Haemin Sunim

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed. Saint Francis de Sales

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

I don’t care how busy I am – I will always make time for what’s most important to me. Kevin Hart

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Lily Tomlin

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau

We stay so busy that the truth of our lives can’t catch up. Brené Brown

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. Lee Iacocca

Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away. Hakuin Ekaku

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. Thomas A. Edison

The pace of life feels morally dangerous to me. Richard Ford

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone. Steven Spielberg

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

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Solitude is very different from a time out from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other. Henri Nouwen

Busyness becomes our existential comfort pill, the refuge from existential angst. Nicos Hadjicostis

I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality. James Joyce

People are realizing that we are not rats and life is not a race. Geir Berthelsen

People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error. Florence King

Busyness is an illness of the spirit. Eugene Peterson

The truth is that we don’t need everyone to like us we need a few people to love us. Because what’s better than being roundly liked is being fully known an impossibility both professionally and personally if you’re so busy being likable that you forget to be yourself. Jessica Valenti

Being busy is a disease of our time. Pedram Shojai

One of the greatest attacks of the enemy is to make you busy, to make you hurried, to make you noisy, to make you distracted, to fill the people of God and the Church of God with so much noise and activity that there is no room for prayer. There is no room for being alone with God. There is no room for silence. There is no room for meditation. Paul Washer

He who hurries has one foot in the grave. Moroccan saying

He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life. Victor Hugo

The problem in the West is people want enlightenment to be fast, to be easy, and if possible, cheap. Matthieu Ricard

During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he’s too busy wondering what he’ll do if he isn’t elected. Everett Dirksen

Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. What, I wonder, do these busy folks get done? Søren Kierkegaard

Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious. Horace

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. Søren Kierkegaard

I try to speak plainly so that my constituents who don’t follow the nuances of government like I do, because they’re too busy earning a real living, can understand the issues before me. None of this stuff is brain surgery. John Kennedy

Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. Johann Wolfgang

I am so busy doing nothing that the idea of doing anything which as you know, always leads to something cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything. Jerry Seinfeld

It is not enough to be busy so are the ants. The question is What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

The food wasn’t very good in the first kitchen I ever worked in. But it was very busy, so I learnt to be fast, absorb pressure, use a knife, and say, Yes, chef. Marco Pierre White

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. Morrie Schwartz

For my father, life was uni dimensional. Reliance was his life. Yet, some of my most vivid memories are about spending time with him. However busy he may have been, whatever the pressure, Sunday was for his wife and kids. I try to do the same with my family. Mukesh Ambani

Busy remaking the world, man forgot to remake himself. Andrei Platonov

I like video games, but they are very violent. I want to create a video game in which you have to help all the characters who have died in the other games. Hey, man, what are you playing? Super Busy Hospital. Could you leave me alone? I’m performing surgery! This guy got shot in the head, like, 27 times!’ Demetri Martin

The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. Guttorm Fløistad

Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self worth depends on the length of their to do list. They flood the open spaces in their time with lists of meetings and minutia even during times of stress and fatigue. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The difficulty of describing things for Western ears is that people in a hurry cannot feel. Alan Watts

Stress is part of life. It is something we all experience from time to time. Sometimes it reflects our own busy lifestyles or key moments such as exams, moving house, organising an event, or coping with a bereavement. Often it is associated with work meeting a deadline, dealing with difficult people, or meeting stretching targets. Luciana Berger

The world has never complained about how busy it is. Haemin Sunim

When you are insane, you are busy being insane all the time. Sylvia Plath

The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.Hermann Hesse

Hosting various versions of my countdown program has kept me extremely busy, and I loved every minute of it. Casey Kasem

Every man is worth just so much as the things about which he busies himself. Marcus Aurelius

Why should I ask the wise men Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end? Muhammad Iqbal

We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come. Alan Watts

With our evolved busy hands and our evolved busy brains, in an extraordinarily short period of time we’ve managed to alter the earth with such geologic-forcing effects that we ourselves are forces of nature. Climate change, ocean acidification, the sixth mass extinction of species. Kate Bernheimer

Busyness is, at its core, about misplaced priorities. Joshua Becker

A productive employee who is kept busy working at his or her job is far more likely to be happy at that job and less likely to look for employment elsewhere. Zig Ziglar

People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can’t fathom. Naval

If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong, either with you or with your business. William J. H. Boetcker

When everything feels urgent and important, everything seems equal. We become active and busy, but this doesn’t actually move us any closer to success. Activity is often unrelated to productivity, and busyness rarely takes care of business. Gary Keller

I started running around my 30th birthday. I wanted to lose weight I didn’t anticipate the serenity. Being in motion, suddenly my body was busy and so my head could work out some issues I had swept under a carpet of wine and cheese. Good therapy, that’s a good run. Michael Weatherly

Our gadgets have become weapons of mass distraction. Carl Honoré

Naples is curiously chaotic and, if I’m honest, a bit dilapidated. It certainly has a lived in look. It’s alive, it’s vibrant, it’s a little bit dirty, it’s busy, and I loved it. I felt like this was how Rome would probably have been 2,000 years ago. There’s a real bustle, and it’s down and dirty. Paul Hollywood

I frequently worry that being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being. Maria Popova

Doctors, dressed up in one professional costume or another, have been in busy practice since the earliest records of every culture on earth. It is hard to think of a more dependable or enduring occupation, harder still to imagine any future events leading to its extinction. Lewis Thomas

I worry that I’ll face my death and realize that my life got lost in this frantic flotsam of daily stuff. Brigid Schulte