Kenneth Grahame quote about rest from The Wind in the Willows - After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.
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After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.
 Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1908). copy citation

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Author Kenneth Grahame
Source The Wind in the Willows
Topic rest work holiday
Date 1908
Language English
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“Hither and thither through the meadows he rambled busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses, finding everywhere birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting—everything happy, and progressive, and occupied. And instead of having an uneasy conscience pricking him and whispering 'whitewash!' he somehow could only feel how jolly it was to be the only idle dog among all these busy citizens. After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.
He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before—this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again.” source

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