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jabe
10-26-2001, 12:01 AM
Does anyone know where the phrase 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' comes from? It became famous after 'The Shining' in 1980, but last night I was re-reading 'Big Sur' by Jack Kerouac and it appears in there as well.

So, is it something Kerouac made up, or was it pre existing? Thank you,



peace,
JB

Firx
10-26-2001, 12:12 AM
Wasn't it "No TV and no beer makes Homer something something"?

jabe
10-26-2001, 12:22 AM
Now that you mention it....it probably was. And here I was thinking I was all clever. Damn my memory!!!



peace,
JB

BlackKnight
10-26-2001, 12:27 AM
Originally posted by Firx
"No TV and no beer makes Homer something something"?
Go crazy?

MilTan
10-26-2001, 12:30 AM
Originally posted by BlackKnight
Originally posted by Firx
"No TV and no beer makes Homer something something"?

Go crazy?

Don't mind if I do!

donkeyoatey
10-26-2001, 12:33 AM
This site (http://www.geocities.com/PicketFence/7608/sayA.htm) attributes it to Charles Dickens.


ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY---Dickens (1853) Letters "All work and no play may make Peter a dull boy as well as Jack."

Wumpus
10-26-2001, 01:07 AM
Uh, it was famous before the Shining, which was why the Shining used it in the first place. The following site says it's a "17th century proverb":

http://www.creativelivingmagazine.com/96sp/