Living; hence animated, lively; hence fast, active, brisk
(Anglo-Saxon, cwic, living, alive). Our expression, “Look
alive,” means Be brisk.
Quick at meat, quick at work.
In French, “Bonne bête s'échauffe en mangeant,”
gagneur, hardi mangeur.”
The opposite would certainly be true: A
dawdle in one thing is a dawdle in all
The quick and dead.
The living and the dead.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894