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

All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline will seem delightful by contrast.  ~AndrĂ© 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

Any notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men's taste and capacity to live it, has disappeared.  Leisure [has become] entertainment.  ~Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind, 1987

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

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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