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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Idle—Idler
 
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.
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An idler is a watch that wants both hands,
As useless if it goes as when it stands.
        Cowper.—Retirement, Line 681.
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