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Quotations about Leisure



It is in his pleasures that a man really lives, it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self. ~Agnes Repplier


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


If you are losing your leisure, look out, you may be losing your soul. ~Logan Pearsall Smith


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. When work has disciplined a man, he may safely be left to himself... ~Hamilton Wright Mabie


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


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]


"We are all employed in commerce during the day; but in the evening, voyez vous, nous sommes serieux." These were the words. They were all employed over the frivolous mercantile concerns... during the day; but in the evening they found some hours for the serious concerns of life. I may have a wrong idea of wisdom, but I think that was a very wise remark. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage, 1878


There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes (comic strip), 1988


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


We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream. ~Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., and Nicole Wise, Hyper-Parenting: Are You Hurting Your Child by Trying Too Hard?, 2000


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


To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well. ~George Santayana


God loves an idle rainbow,
No less than labouring seas.
~Ralph Hodgson


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


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


From this I conclude that necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. ~Roger von Oech, A Whack on the Side of the Head, creativethink.com


...any 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


Start a domestic hobby: woodworking, candle making, quilting, knitting, carving, repairing anything (furniture, appliances, electronics). These are the skills and crafts that have undergirded civilizations for centuries. ~Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World, 2011


He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate. ~Henry David Thoreau


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


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, davebarry.com





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