[Ads-l] Proverb: If you want something done, ask a busy person

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 31 17:43:46 UTC 2018

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs (DMP), The Yale Book of Quotations
and the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs contain entries for the saying
in the subject line. A 1905 citation is the earliest listed. Barry
Popik posted two pertinent messages to this mailing list back in 2006
and presented a close variant in 1898.

The Quote Investigator website now has an article with an 1856
citation that was located by Nigel Rees.


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