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Once Bonaccio de'Guasci, a young man of pleasant disposition, was attending the Council of Constance in 1415. It seems that he was invited to stay in the home of Gianfranco, an old friend. While Gianfranco was delighted to have so agreeable a fellow for company, he was somewhat dismayed at the young man's habit of arising very late in the morning. At last the host began some modest teasing.

"Bonaccio," he began, "will you spend the rest of your life in bed? How can you be so lazy?"

"It's not laziness I assure you," replied Bonaccio. "When I open my eyes in the morning I am continually vexed with a difficulty, for before me I always see two beautiful women sitting on either side of my bed. One is Signorina Ambition and the other Signorina Laziness."

"How fortunate," sighed Gianfranco.

"Wait," declared Bonaccio, "this is not what you think. First, Signorina Ambition urges me to leap out of bed and be about the business of the day. But then, Signorina Laziness argues that the weather is cold and I will surely freeze to death.

"You will be nice and warm in your bed," she tells me. Then she scolds me that too much work will surely send me to an early grave.

Signorina Ambition then raises her objections and the debate continues throughout the morning. Being a gentleman, I never want to take sides in an argument between two ladies, so I must listen to their discussions.

Eventually, however, I tire of the proceedings and get up anyway ..."

- Poggio Bracciolini (1380-1459), noted Florentine humorist and secretary to eight Popes.

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree."

- Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (1842-1914?), US author, editor, cynic: The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906)