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Ible (adj.)
Clever but lazy.

"It’s amazing that in 1969 we as a society managed to put a man on the moon and yet we still can’t get a wheelchair user from one railway station to another nearly 50 years later… You have to come to the conclusion that it is a lack of will to create a more accessible world, not lack of technology or design skills."
Tony Heaton, British sculptor and wheelchair user, whose sculptures were major decorations at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London

"I can't help but ponder the frightful headway we'd make if he put that sort of energy into his job."
Integra (after hearing the latest of Alucard's 200+ elaborate death threats to the Pope), Hellsing Ultimate Abridged

Norman Osborn: Bit of a slob, isn't he?
Aunt May: All brilliant men are.

Dr. Octavius: Parker... Now I remember you. You're Connors' student. Tells me you're brilliant.
Peter: (flattered look)
Dr. Octavius: He also tells me you're lazy.

"I have never trained a single day in my life."
Frieza, Dragon Ball Super

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,

"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."
- Bertrand Russell

"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

Kumar: I'm gonna be honest with you. The only reason I'm applying is so my dad will keep paying for my apartment. I really don't have a desire to go to med school.
Dr. Willoughby: But you have perfect MCAT scores!
Kumar: Yeah, just cause you're hung like a moose doesn't mean you gotta do porn.
Dr. Willoughby: (beat) Get out!

Dilbert: Why are you suddenly brilliant?
Wally: Never had a reason before.

He’d felt under tremendous pressure since birth. He was as close to being an übermensch as the law allowed since the Genomic War’s end. There should have been no opportunity denied him, his life a limitless vista of potential. He’d been told this so many times growing up—and had so many times and in so many ways inevitably failed to fulfill his mother’s colossal hubristic expectations for him—that he now lived his life in an indeterminate state between self-reverence and self-loathing (the two faces of self-absorption being close kin). He believed himself a loser who should have been a king. Not that he’d ever really seriously wanted a throne, but he felt guilty for not wanting it. So now he just scribbled some poems and art, partied as damn hard as he could, and said fuck-all to his supposed unfulfilled potential. He was ashamed of all this, even though he figured it was exactly what Fensty liked about him.

"If the art of the detective began and ended in reasoning from an arm-chair, my brother would be the greatest criminal agent that ever lived. But he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solution, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove himself right."
Sherlock Holmes describing his brother Mycroft, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter

"And it's true that I AM a genius, but... that doesn't mean I wanna work... I just want to live in a care-free and lazy manner, man. To begin with... Why am I the only one who's gotta work? There are more willing guys out there, no?"

"A lot of work went into my education, a tiny bit of it even mine."
Mystery Science Theater 3000 head writer Michael J. Nelson, Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters

"Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions."
General Kurt vonHammerstein-Equord, German general and ardent opponent of Adolf Hitler, on assigning officers.

"I can never get used to the fact that most of the time it looks like you're doing nothing."
Roger to Don, Mad Men

Supernova: If I can continue, Rick. I anticipate sophisticated security measures. I trust you can be of service there.
Rick: Well, let me check my list of powers and weaknesses. Ability to do anything, but only whenever I want. Yeah, that sounds like a job for me.
Rick and Morty, "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender"

"And you know how smart he is. He built his first solar surfer when he was eight! And yet he's failing in school..."
Sarah about Jim, Treasure Planet

"It would be easiest if I went after Shishio myself, but I'd rather not deal with the hassle."
Seijuro, Rurouni Kenshin

Pike: You know that instinct to leap without looking, that was his nature too. And in my opinion it's something Starfleet's lost.
Kirk: (laughing) Why are you talkin' to me, man?
Pike: 'Cause I looked up your file while you were drooling on the floor. Your aptitude tests are off the charts, so what is it? You like being the only genius level repeat offender in the Midwest?
Kirk: Maybe I love it.

"Nero Wolfe is investigating the murder of Mrs. Fromm with his accustomed vigor, skill, and laziness. He will not rest until he gets the bastard or until bedtime, whichever comes first."
Archie Goodwin, The Golden Spiders

"I thought up the perfect strategy. It'"
Sages with the "Idle" personality, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

"Well, what about you? Stuck at home with your dad. And that car. You have all this talent and you waste it! And you do shit with it! And you say it's because you don't need all that and your happy, but really? Really, it's because you're scared!"
Sasha to Marcus, Always Be My Maybe

"You're one of the most talented students I've ever seen, Micah. But, you lack dedication."
Light Spinner/Shadow Weaver to Micah, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power", "Light Spinner"


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