All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
proverb suggesting that lack of free time encourages lack of spirit
The saying in its current form first appeared in James Howell's Proverbs in English, Italian, French and Spanish (1659). Some writers have added a second part to the saying, such as Maria Edgeworth in her book Harry and Lucy Concluded (1825):
|“||All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,
All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.