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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

No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one. ~Elbert Hubbard

A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. ~Morris Fishbein

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking. ~Earl Wilson

[I]t is an excellent thing for a man to get clear outside of his business or profession for at least a month every year, and a day and a half every week, so as to get a good view of it from the outside and see it as it really is. Let him take time enough off out under the sky, among the woods and the meadows, the silver rivers and the singing brooks, to become a man again instead of a mere money-coining machine, and he will come back to his desk with a fresh taste in his mouth, an eye keen and clear to divide the important from the trivial, and a positive greed for attacking difficulties and solving problems. ~Woods Hutchinson, A.M., M.D. (1862–1930), Civilization and Health, "Chapter XIV: The Vacation Habit," 1914

A vacation is like love — anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia. ~Author unknown

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. ~Robert Orben

Holidays are enticing only for the first week or so. After that, it is no longer such a novelty to rise late and have little to do. ~Margaret Laurence

I do not really like vacations. I much prefer an occasional day off when I do not feel like working. When I am confronted with a whole week in which I have nothing to do but enjoy myself I do not know where to begin. To me, enjoyment comes fleetingly and unheralded; I cannot determinedly enjoy myself for a whole week at a time. ~Robertson Davies

The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see. ~Author unknown

Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not. ~William James

[V]acation... restores to modern life that natural rhythm of work and rest, of busy season and slack season, that dependence upon season and weather and soil which was broken when we moved permanently indoors....Every activity of living stuff swings in rhythms. ~Woods Hutchinson, A.M., M.D. (1862–1930), Civilization and Health, "Chapter XIV: The Vacation Habit," 1914

No man takes a vacation who takes his work with him. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings. ~Erma Bombeck

Those that say you can't take it with you never saw a car packed for a vacation trip. ~Author Unknown

The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation. ~Author Unknown

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A vacation trip is one-third pleasure, fondly remembered, and two-thirds aggravation, entirely forgotten. ~Robert Brault,

Vacation: Two weeks on the sunny sands — and the rest of the year on the financial rocks. ~Sam Ewing

College is the longest vacation you will ever take. ~ Dan Indante and Karl Marks

Too much work, and no vacation,
Deserves at least a small libation.
So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses,
Work's the curse of the drinking classes.
~Oscar Wilde

No vacation goes unpunished. ~Karl Hakkarainen

Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need. ~Author Unknown

I'm going to have a vacation!
      I'll leave all my housework behind,
      And not have to do any cooking;
      I'll forget all the daily grind!
I'll bask in the sunshine—don't worry!—
      And so all the things that are right;
      I'll enjoy myself every minute,
      And I'll go to a dance each night!
But when my vacation is over
      And I pack my glad rags, alone,
      I'll be happy—so very happy!—
      For, really, there's no place like home!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "My Vacation" (1940s)

Vacations prove that a life of pleasure is overrated. ~Mason Cooley

If some people didn't tell you, you'd never know they'd been away on a vacation. ~Kin Hubbard

There is probably no more obnoxious class of citizen, taken end for end, than the returning vacationist. ~Robert Benchley

Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today's world it has become a necessity. ~Author Unknown

Oh, why can't we break away from all this, just you and I, and lodge with my fleas in the hills? I mean, flee to my lodge in the hills. ~S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone, and Arthur Sheekman, Monkey Business

If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks' vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days. ~Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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