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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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

After about two hours of steady bed rest and television, the world always looks a little better. After about ten hours, it always looks a lot worse. ~The Wonder Years, "The Phone Call," 1988, written by A. Scott Frank  [S1, E5, Narrator Kevin]

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

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." ~Dave Barry, "25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years," Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998,

FUN is the safety-valve to let off the steam pressure out of the boiler to keep the old thing from busting. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

There isn't much FUN in physic, but a good deal of physic in fun. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

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

HAMMOCK  From the Lat. hamus, hook, and Grk. makar, happy. Happiness on hooks. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

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

He had always been possessed of a leisure which he had nursed and protected, instead of squandering it in vain activities. His carefully guarded hours had been devoted to the cultivation of a fine intelligence and a few judiciously chosen habits; and none of the disturbances common to human experience seemed to have crossed his sky. ~Edith Wharton, "The Eyes," Tales of Men and Ghosts, 1910

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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