The Importance of Being Idle is a humorous book by author Stephen Robins subtitled 'A little book of lazy inspiration'. It was published by Prion Books in August 2000 and re-released as a paperback in 2001. Using an alphabetic subject-list format it presents a collection of essay-extracts, quotations and journal excerpts from a wide variety of writers and thinkers including Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell,Charles Dickens, and Samuel Johnson. The book describes itself as 'call to arms for would-be loafers everywhere to turn their hands to absolutely nothing whatever', emphasizing the benefits of giving oneself nothing to do in the modern world of stress and long working hours. In the words of James Thurber, It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all. The song of the same name by English rock band Oasis, was named after the band's songwriter, Noel Gallagher, found the book whilst cleaning out his garage. The book belonged to his girlfriend, Sara McDonald.