How To Be Idle Study Guide

How To Be Idle

How To Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

Robert Louis Stevenson noted in 1885 that 'Idleness ... does not consist in doing nothing, but in doing a great deal not recognised in the dogmatic formularies of the ruling class.' John Keats declared that 'it is more noble to sit like Jove than to fly like Mercury'. Oscar Wilde lauded the 'life that has for its aim not doing but being, and not being merely, but becoming'. And yet idlers are often viewed by society as people with too much time to think, who could become revolutionaries.

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