Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


How various his employments, whom the world
Calls idle; and who justly, in return,
Esteems that busy world an idler too!
Cowper.—The Task, Book III. Line 352.

An idler is a watch that wants both hands,
As useless if it goes as when it stands.
Cowper.—Retirement, Line 681.