An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring and youth -- the former from the year, the latter from human life.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Amusement to an observing mind is study.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The intellectual man requires a fine bait; the sots are easily amused. But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy, and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and badge.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Cards were at first for benefits designed: sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind.


David Garrick (1717-1779, British actor, playwright, theater manager)


The only way to amuse some people is to slip and fall on an icy pavement.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water -- an inch deep and then the mud.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The mind ought sometimes to be diverted, that it may return the better to thinking.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, British author)


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