Rust Sayings and Quotes

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

Most people rust out due to lack of challenge. Few people rust out due to overuse.      

Denis Waitley

In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel.     

M.R. Carey

The rust of the mind is the destruction of genius.      

Seneca The Younger

Just as rust, which arose from the iron itself, wears out the iron, likewise, performing an action without examination would destroy us by projecting us into a negative state of existence.     

Dalai Lama

If you rest, you rust.      

Helen Hayes

It is better to rust out than wear out.      

Richard Cumberland

As rust corrupts iron, so envy corrupts man.     


The rust of business is sometimes polished off in a camp; but never in a court.      

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Negligence is the rust of the soul that corrodes through all her best resolves.     

Owen Feltham

Solitude may rust your words.     

Anais Nin

Idleness is to the human mind like rust to iron.     

Ezra Cornell

Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.     

Owen Feltham

Gold does not rust on the ground, and rocks don't get soaked in the rain.     

Turkish Proverb

Worry... is rust upon the blade.     

Simon Hughes

Few minds wear out; more rust out.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.     

Samuel Johnson

Great talents, by the rust of long disuse, Grow lethargic and shrink from what they were.     


Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.     

Leonardo da Vinci