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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour. Options
Daemon
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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
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Some know it already, for others it is a half-cooked excuse, especially for family members... Nice try, darling!
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Alas there is no salary for invisible labour😂
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Daemon wrote:
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)



This is the line that solicitors give you before emptying your bank account.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
Gishar
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That's such a RELIEF. I think I am always absorbed in invisible labor :D
Hatsune Mika
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so true Applause
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I think this was in Les Misérables? It sounds like the bishop speaking.

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Which suits lazy personalities like me just fine!

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
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Yup, my labour is all of the invisible variety.
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This quote is from a 1862 novel “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo; Book VII – A Parenthesis , Chapter VIII – Faith – Law.

Original Quote in French:

"On n’est pas inoccupé parce qu’on est absorbé. Il y a le labeur visible et le labeur invisible."

The quote in context:

"A few words more.

We blame the church when she is saturated with intrigues, we despise the spiritual which is harsh toward the temporal; but we everywhere honor the thoughtful man.


We salute the man who kneels.

A faith; this is a necessity for man. Woe to him who believes nothing.

One is not unoccupied because one is absorbed. There is visible labor and invisible labor.

To contemplate is to labor, to think is to act.

Folded arms toil, clasped hands work. A gaze fixed on heaven is a work.

Thales remained motionless for four years. He founded philosophy.

In our opinion, cenobites are not lazy men, and recluses are not idlers.

To meditate on the Shadow is a serious thing."


http://www.online-literature.com/victor_hugo/les_miserables/137/
S. Miranda-Hess
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Thinking can take up a lot of energy and produce efficient action.
Olen Jigomas
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srilalitha p wrote:
Alas there is no salary for invisible labour😂


I don't think you quite get what this means.
I think it's about the labour that is unseen as in the labour of the mathmatician, the scienist, the philosopher. To demonstrate what I mean, what's 2 + 2? The visible work is writing down the sum, but you could also work the sum out in your head, that is the invisible part. Invisible does not mean non existent, invisible means what cannot be seen.
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Daemon wrote:
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)



It's been known for some time now that the brain uses more energy than any other organ in the body.



We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Fredric-frank Myers
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Thank you Sir Hugo, excellent comment and I totally agree. Sadly though, in many instance's one is referred in the negative; "that daydreamer will never amount to anything...."
Milica Boghunovich
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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Before Hugo, philosophers were referring to thinking activity and putting different thought associations as "being pregnant with thought" ... and when a hu-man or a hu-woman writes down his or her thinking labor, a book, a novel or a piece of art is their baby.
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Although I can see the wheels churning in your brain!!!
Verbatim
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Je pense, je fatigue, donc je suis un travailleur de force...invisible. I think, I tire out, so I (must be) an invisible laborer.
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