Careless Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old careless quotes, careless sayings, and careless proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion / That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble / Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, / Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered. together. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There is no fool like a careless gambler who starts taking victory for granted. Hunter S. Thompson
The next time you lose your temper, better use torch light and find it so that you won’t be careless with your temper again. Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it. Wilson Mizner
The more careless, the more modish. Jonathan Swift
Careful minds build durable buildings; careless minds build rotten buildings! Mehmet Murat ildan
When is a revival needed? When carelessness and unconcern keep the people asleep. Billy Sunday
More matches are lost through carelessness at the beginning than any other cause. Harry Vardon
I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease... Tired of being on the heights, I deliberately went to the depths in search of new sensations... I grew careless of the lives of others. I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber, one has some day to cry aloud from the house-top. I ceased to be lord over myself. I was no longer the captain of my soul, and did not know it. I allowed displeasure to dominate me. I ended in horrible grace. Oscar Wilde
I've grown careless; there's sin in my life, and I must make it right. George Sweeting
Sorrows blurred around their edges, like a careless woman's lipstick. Jean Thompson
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it. Gilbert Chesterton
Live and lie reclined / On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind. Alfred Lord Tennyson
So careful of the type she seems, / So careless of the single life. Alfred Lord Tennyson
They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. F. Scott Fitzgerald
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, / Lest you should think he never could recapture / The first fine careless rapture! Robert Browning
Careless she is with artful care, / Affecting to seem unaffected. William Congreve
Thousands, careless of the damning sin, / Kiss the book's outside who ne'er look within. William Cowper
I like people who are young, bright, happy, careless and original. I do not like them sensible, and I do not like them old. Oscar Wilde
I delight in the society of people much younger than myself. I like those who may be called idle or careless. I recognise no social distinctions at all of any kind; and to me youth, the mere fact of youth, is so wonderful that I would sooner talk to a young man for half-an-hour than be—well, cross-examined in Court. Oscar Wilde
I spend my life tryin' not to be careless. Women and children can be careless but not men. Don Vito Corleone
Alert at the beginning, careless at the end. Roman Proverb
Carelessness is a great enemy. Japanese Proverb
It must be done rapidly, with careless care, so it doesn't look like work. Peter Arno
I shall not be careless this year: / I shall not forget to see the wild garlic blossom / - as I did last May, and the May before. Frances Horowitz
Because they don't use average intelligence. It's like I said: Don't blame me for your carelessness. J.J. Fate
You know, accidents don't just happen by themselves. They have to be carelessly planned in advance. So step right up and have an accident. The average home is really a complicated piece of machinery, equipped with all the modern conveniences... for having an accident, if you insist. J.J. Fate
We were a family. How'd it break up and come apart, so that now we're turned against each other? Each standing in the other's light. How'd we lose that good that was given us? Let it slip away. Scattered it, careless. What's keepin' us from reaching out, touching the glory? Private Witt
Love, oh love, oh careless love / You've fly through my head like wine / You've wrecked the life of a many poor girl / And you nearly spoiled this life of mine / Love, oh love, oh careless love / In your clutches of desire / You've made me break a many true vow / Then you set my very soul on fire / Love, oh love, oh careless love / Night and day, I weep and moan / You brought the wrong man into this life of mine / For my sins, till judgment I'll atone. Traditional
A little breath can make a prayer, / A little wind can take it / And turn it back again to air: / Then say, why should you make it? / An ardent thought can make a word, / A little ear can hear it, / A careless heart forget it heard: / Then why keep ever near it? Isaac Rosenberg
Careless shepherd make excellent dinner for wolf. Earl Derr Biggers
A romantic, I think, picks the rose and is careless with the thorn. Gene Tierney
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. Mark Twain
It is reckless to make broad generalizations about any group of people. Roger Ebert
Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought. Marcus Aurelius
A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker. David Hume
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Victor Hugo
Only the careless leave a possibility unattended due to assumptions. Laurie R. King
The secret motive of the absent-minded is to be innocent while guilty. Absent-mindedness is spurious innocence. Saul Bellow
There is a notion that creative people are absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social customs and obligations. It is, hopefully, true for they are in another world altogether. Mary Oliver
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein
That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less. Arundhati Roy
It was careless, but it was not a willful and reckless disregard for safety. Laura McElroy
Be wise enough not to be reckless, but brave enough to take great risks. Frank Warren
Careless indifference and bodily restlessness in meditation cause negative vibrations. Paramahansa Yogananda