In the movie The Shining, there is a whole stack of papers reading "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" on the desk next to the typewriter.

Where does this phrase come from? Does it come from folklore, or a bedtime story?

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    you could've just googled that...
    – Luciano
    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:36
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    Being Googleable doesn't in itself make it a bad question. This crops up many times over SE & ultimately Googleable does not make it bad to ask.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:10
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    LMGTFY (Let me google that for you) comments are generally frowned upon over SE as "not nice", although there's always debate over it. Jul 4, 2018 at 18:20

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From Wikipedia:

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is a proverb. It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring. The exact origins of the phrase remain unclear, though it was recorded as early as 1659.

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