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Diligence

is that energy and industry which we show when we do what we like (Latin, diligo, I like); but indolence is that listless manner with which we do what thoroughly vexes us. (Latin, in, intensive; dolco, to grieve.)

Diligence

A four-wheeled stage-coach, drawn by four or more horses. Common in France before the introduction of railroads. The pun is well known.

Si vis placere magistro, utere diligentia (i.e. his diligence).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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