if you are idle, be not solitary
August 23, 2012, 10:39 pm
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Or another way of saying it – my specialty – is:  if you’re alone, do something; and if you’re not doing anything, find someone to do it with.  And are you a scold if you tell someone to find companionship when lonely, and activity when idle?  A scold or at least a literalist, and quite possibly a bore.

Subtlety from the English author Samuel Johnson:

The great direction which Burton has left to men disordered like you, is this: Be not solitary, be not idle; which I would thus modify:  if you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.
There is a letter for you, from
Your humble servant,
London, October 27, 1779

The Idler, Idle Idols: Samuel Johnson