the busiest men have the most leisure
- Complementary to idle people have the least leisure and the rationale behind if you want something done, ask a busy person. Cf. 1866 S. SMILES Self-Help (new ed.) i. Those who have most to do..will find the most time.
1884 J. PAYN Canon’s Ward II. xxxiv. It is my experience that the men who are really busiest have the most leisure for everything.
1911 Times Literary Supplement 6 Oct. 365 The busiest men have always the most leisure; and while discharging the multifarious duties of a parish priest and a guardian he found time for travelling.
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