Clever but lazy.
"I can't help but ponder the frightful headway we'd make if he put that sort of energy into his job."
"If only you'd put your mind to something useful. You're like Lex Luthor!"
— Jerry Seinfeld to Kramer
Norman Osborn: Bit of a slob, isn't he?
Aunt May: All brilliant men are.
Dr. Octavius: Parker... Now I remember you. You're Dr. Connors' student. He tells me you're brilliant.
Peter: Thank you, sir!
Dr. Octavius: He also tells me you're lazy.
The baronet had, it is true, no very great estimate of Robert's faculty for the business of this everyday life. He was in the habit of looking upon his nephew as a good-natured nonentity — a man whose heart had been amply stocked by liberal nature with all the best things the generous goddess had to bestow, but whose brain had been somewhat overlooked in the distribution of intellectual gifts. Sir Michael Audley made that mistake which is very commonly made by easygoing, well-to-do observers, who have no occasion to look below the surface. He mistook laziness for incapacity. He thought because his nephew was idle, he must necessarily be stupid. He concluded that if Robert did not distinguish himself it was because he could not.
He forgot the mute inglorious Miltons who die voiceless and inarticulate for want of that dogged perseverance, that blind courage, which the poet must possess before he can find a publisher; he forgot the Cromwells, who see a noble vessel — political economy — floundering upon a sea of confusion, and going down in a tempest of noisy bewilderment, and who yet are powerless to get at the helm, forbidden even to send out a life-boat to the sinking ship. Surely it is a mistake to judge of what a man can do by that which he has done.
Ashlii: I go to school with Pumpkin. She says you're the stupid one.
Ellie: Please remind Pumpkin that we all agreed I'm the LAZY one!
"We were told to expect four hours of homework per night. I took that as a personal challenge, to see how long I would last without ever doing any. Two years; last I heard, no one had broken my record. A true personal best."
-= Paul Niedermeyer, CurbsideClassic.com
“I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached.”
"Never stand when you can sit, and never sit when you can lie down.”
—Winston Churchill extolling the virtues of conservation of energy
"'The power to excel is not the same as the desire to excel,' he writes me. 'You know, a west Texas jackrabbit has the habit of running on three feet until pressed by the hounds, then he puts down his fourth foot and runs off and leaves them.' [My grandfather] wants to see my fourth foot in action. I suppose I wanted to see the hounds first."
—Gore Vidal, Palimpsest