An idle mind... (Proverb)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by James Brandon, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. James Brandon

    James Brandon Senior Member

    Greater London (UK)
    English + French - UK
    Another proverb-like expression starts: "An idle mind..."

    As is well known, it is a general warning to the effect that, if someone's mind is idle (a child for instance), the person in question will - inevitably - turn his (or her) attention to evil deeds; in other words, the puritanical assumption, here, is that idleness is a sin that leads to other, greater sins.

    The origin is biblical, I believe, but I am not sure. The wording appears to vary. I have found:

    -An idle mind => is a dangerous thing
    =>is the playground of the devil
    =>is the devil's playground
    =>is the devil's workshop

    Comments welcome.
     
  2. river Senior Member

    U.S. English
  3. James Brandon

    James Brandon Senior Member

    Greater London (UK)
    English + French - UK
    River,
    Thanks and it seems to clear the matter
     

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