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Quotations about Vacations


As a matter of recuperation the vacation does not recuperate, since as a rule, no man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one. ~Elbert Hubbard

A vacation is the shortest distance between two paychecks. ~Robert Orben, 2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches, 1984

[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

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 (1926–1987), A Jest of God, 1966

I came to the conclusion that the American vacation is an exhausting and harrowing experience and it is surprising that people survive it. The vacationing American travels too far and too fast and gulps his entertainments in an undigestible overdosages. ~Charles H. Knickerbocker, Summer Doctor, 1963

How pitiful it is to hear a business man say, as business men so often say, "Really I cannot take a holiday this summer; my business ties me so to my desk, and, besides, I am feeling quite well. No, I shall send my wife and children to the seaside, and content myself with a Saturday-to-Monday now and again." We solemnly warn all such foolish persons that they are digging their own graves. Change is absolutely essential to health. ~J. M. Barrie, "Every Man His Own Doctor"

The man who is so run down that he needs a vacation can never adjust or reform himself in two weeks. What he really needs is to reform his life. ~Elbert Hubbard

[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

There is no such thing as time to a man in a summer vacation. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Last year we discovered a vacation spot that's convenient to get to, comfortable, relaxing, where we don't have to get dressed up, and that's priced within our budget. It's called the living room. ~Robert Orben, 2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches, 1984

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

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

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

What we all need is enough vacation every day so that we can face each morning with health sufficient to do our work in gladness. That is to say, we need enough of a play-spell every day to keep us in good physical condition. ~Elbert Hubbard

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

Every paid worker, no matter where on the economic scale, expects a day off a week and a vacation a year. 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

Well, good-bye, Christmas holidays—o' course you had to end
      Just when a feller's used to havin' fun.
His folks say it is foolishness. There's no use to pretend—
      The worst time of a good time 's when it's done.
~Wilbur D. Nesbit, "When School Takes Up," in Clare A. Briggs, When a Feller Needs a Friend, 1914

To be empty of.
~Barry Fox Stevens (1902–1985), Don't Push the River (it flows by itself), 1970

There are a few weeks which bid fair to be pretty trying ones in our national life. They will mark the return to the city of thousands and thousands of vacationists after two months or two weeks of feverish recuperation and there is probably no more obnoxious class of citizen, taken end for end, than the returning vacationist. ~Robert Benchley, "Welcome Home — And Shut Up!"

I had a vacation I'll never forget. The charge slips keep reminding me. ~Robert Orben, 2100 Laughs For All Occasions, 1983

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