A perfect quote from Diana Athill, on laziness, taken from her first memoir, Instead of a Letter:
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.
As the world gets busier, perhaps sharing a gift for laziness is no bad thing. And although Instead of a Letter was Diana Athill’s first memoir, she would go on to publish many more books looking at a life well lived among the things she liked doing, so perhaps it is fair to say that she wasn’t all that lazy!
Have you read any of Diana Athill’s books? I would choose Stet as my favourite, as it reminisces over the authors she was involved in publishing, but there are still a few more for me to read. Let me know your favourites in the comments.
I think she wrote that from inside my head.
It definitely struck a nerve…