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Idle hands

Posted by Bookworm on May 19, 2003

In Reply to: Idle hands posted by TheFallen on May 19, 2003

: : Any ideas on the origin of... "Idle hands are the devil's workshop?"

: I'm more familiar with another variant of this phrase, namely "The Devil finds work/mischief for idle hands to do", but I don't have any idea as to the origin either.

Here's a blurb I found, courtesy of Google:

Nothing good comes from boredom. It's said that idle hands are the devil's workshop, an old saying dating at least as far back as Chaucer in the twelfth century who called idle hands the devil's tools.