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





He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day... needs to reorganize his life.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


I'm never less at leisure than when at leisure, or less alone than when alone.


Scipio Africanus (236-183 BC, Roman military commander)


The end of labor is to gain leisure.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


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 (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.


Gerald Brenan (1894-1987, Maltan travel writer, novelist)


I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


Leisure is the exultation of the possible.


Martin Buber (1878-1965, Austrian-born Israeli theologian, philosopher)


He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?


William H. Davies (1871-1940, British poet)


If you have no problems at your job you don't have a job you've got a hobby.


Ronald Dunn


Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain, the lazy one never.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


If we don't come apart,  we will come apart.


Vance Havner


If we don't come apart,  we will come apart.


Vance Havner


Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679, British philosopher)


The most remarkable aspect of the transition we are living through is not so much the passage from want to affluence as the passage from labor to leisure. Leisure contains the future, it is the new horizon. The prospect then is one of unremitting labor to bequeath to future generations a chance of founding a society of leisure that will overcome the demands and compulsions of productive labor so that time may be devoted to creative activities or simply to pleasure and happiness.


Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991, French philosopher)


Friends, I beg you do not shirk your daily task of indolence.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


The idea that leisure is of value in itself is only conditionally true. The average man simply spends his leisure as a dog spends it. His recreations are all puerile, and the time supposed to benefit him really only stupefies him.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


When a habit begins to cost money, it's called a hobby.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.


Pythagoras (BC 582-507, Greek philosopher, mathematician)


If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation.


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


Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Leisure time should be an occasion for deep purpose to throb and for ideas to ferment. Where a man allows leisure to slip without some creative use, he has forfeited a bit of happiness.


Neil C. Strait


Life lived amidst tension and busyness needs leisure. Leisure that recreates and renews. Leisure should be a time to think new thoughts, not ponder old ills.


Neil C. Strait


A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars. What are threescore years and ten hurriedly and coarsely lived to moments of divine leisure in which your life is coincident with the life of the universe?


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


When you like your work every day is a holiday.


Frank Tyger


A hobby is hard work you wouldn't do for a living.


Author Unknown


He has hard work who has nothing to do.


Author Unknown


Leisure is a beautiful garment, but it will not do for constant wear.


Author Unknown


Spare minutes are the Gold-dust of time; the portions of life most fruitful in good and evil; the gaps through which temptations enter.


Author Unknown


Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss.


Author Unknown


People without imagination are beginning to tire of the importance attached to comfort, to culture, to leisure, to all that destroys imagination. This means that people are not really tired of comfort, culture and leisure, but of the use to which they are


Raoul Vaneigem (1934-, Belgian situationist philosopher)


The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods


Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929, American social scientist)


Take time every day to do something silly.


Philipa Walker


Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says "there is no wisdom without leisure."


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


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