idle people have the least leisure

idle people have the least leisure

1678 J. RAY English Proverbs (ed. 2) 161 Idle folks have the most labour.

1853 SURTEES Sponge’s Sporting Tour lvii. ‘Got a great deal to do’, retorted Jog, who, like all thoroughly idle men, was always dreadfully busy.

1855 H. G. BOHN Hand-Book of Proverbs 414 Idle folks have the least leisure.

1908 Spectator 10 Oct. 535 The difference between leisureliness and laziness runs parallel with that between quickness and haste. ‘Idle people’, says the proverb, ‘have the least leisure.’


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