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Quotations about Leisure
A man can never be idle with safety and advantage until he has been so trained by work that he makes his freedom from times and tasks more fruitful than his toil has been. ~Hamilton Wright Mabie
We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace. ~Aristotle
Leisure only means a chance to do other jobs that demand attention. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self. ~Agnes Repplier
The real problem of leisure time is how to keep others from using yours. ~Arthur Lacey
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate. ~Henry David Thoreau
It was the hour of four in the afternoon, and already in hillside homesteads the day was nearly done. There was everywhere an air of that sweet, old-fashioned leisure which the world has nearly lost. It lingered in the slant sunlight that threw shadows across the winding road... ~Florence Bone (1875–1971), The Morning of To‑Day, 1907
All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline will seem delightful by contrast. ~André Maurois
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. ~Roger von Oech
Fun is about as good a habit as there is. ~Jimmy Buffet
We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream. ~Robert Coles
[A]ny notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men's taste and capacity to live it, had disappeared. Leisure became entertainment. ~Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind
To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well. ~George Santayana
The intellect must not be kept at consistent tension, but diverted by pastimes.... The mind must have relaxation, and will rise stronger and keener after recreation. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, "On Tranquillity of Mind"
I love old poems, ladies who lived in past times. Life was maybe not easier, but people took time to idle sometime, and mostly they took time admiring a sunrise, the flowers opening their hearts, etc. ~Marie-Ancolie Romanet #oldsoul
Leisure: A fancy word for people who don't want to admit they're bored. ~Gene Perret
If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul. ~Logan P. Smith
I would not exchange my leisure hours for all the wealth in the world. ~Comte de Mirabeau
People tend to forget that play is serious. ~David Hockney
Leisure tends to corrupt, and absolute leisure corrupts absolutely. ~Edgar A. Shoaff
We seldom enjoy leisure we haven't earned. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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