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Idleness is the root of all evil.

Prov. If you have no useful work to do, you will think of harmful things to do in order to amuse yourself. (Compare this with Money is the root of all evil.) Child: Why do you make me do so many chores? Father: Idleness is the root of all evil.
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eat the bread of idleness

eat food that you have not worked for. literary
This phrase appears in the description of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:27: ‘She…eateth not the bread of idleness’.
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References in classic literature ?
Her eyes should be darker, but she has a sweet smile; but as for this wonderful degree of improvement, I am sure it may all be resolved into a better style of dress, and your having nobody else to look at; and therefore, if you do set about a flirtation with her, you never will persuade me that it is in compliment to her beauty, or that it proceeds from anything but your own idleness and folly.
It was in 1807, at the age of nineteen, that Lord Byron published his Hours of Idleness, with a rather pompous preface.
He talked and looked at her laughing eyes, which frightened him now with their impenetrable look, and, as he talked, he felt all the uselessness and idleness of his words.
His father was a narrow-minded trader and saw idleness and ruin in the aspirations and ambition of his son.
Partly from curiosity and partly from idleness, I went into the lecturing room, which M.
But compare the hardest day's work you ever did with the idleness that splits flowers and pokes its way into spiders' stomachs, and thank your stars that your head has got something it MUST think of, and your hands something that they MUST do.
They had to be protected; and their horses, carriages, houses, servants had to be protected; and the source of their wealth had to be protected in the heart of the city and the heart of the country; the whole social order favourable to their hygienic idleness had to be protected against the shallow enviousness of unhygienic labour.
And who'd be paying for all that idleness, all that lying around watching telly, eating crisps and drinking lager?
Hondurans serving jail sentences are soon to be put to work six days a week, five hours a day, in what the government presents as an effort to end inmates' idleness, seen as a key element for prisons to actually serve as crime centers.
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Health service may help as seen as crucial in battle against obesity and idleness Social care for disabled and elderly: Previous cuts were successfully challenged at judicial review.
Abu Yara, another blogger, attributed the dangerous acrobatics to the "tremendous amount of idleness that people have in summer".
It's something we avoid and somewhat afraid of because boredom is linked to being idle and in today's world idleness is considered a vice.
Even religion condemns indiscriminate charity which only encourages idleness and a life of dependence.
The issued a statement following their meeting in which they criticized the government's idleness before such horrid events.