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Leisure Quotes

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The end of labor is to gain leisure.
- Aristotle

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools,
but the gentle touches of air and water
working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are moments when all anxiety
and stated toil are becalmed
in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
- Henry David Thoreau

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are
always aiming at something beyond political life itself,
power and glory, or happiness.
- Aristotle

 

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

I remember in that red leisure suit I sort of felt
like a Pizza Hut employee,
and the white one was the ultimate, with the white turtleneck collar,
that was the ultimate in bad taste.
- Johnny Depp

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.
There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
- Benjamin Franklin

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How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life
of leisure without fatigue.
- Natalie Clifford Barney

No president who performs his duties faithfully and
conscientiously can have any leisure.
- James K. Polk

To describe my scarce leisure time in today's terms,
I always default to reading.
- Jimmy Buffett

The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts.
- Dean Inge

Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.
- George Allen, Sr.

It takes application, a fine sense of value,
and a powerful community-spirit for a people to have serious leisure,
and this has not been the genius of the Americans.
- Paul Goodman

The challenge of screenwriting is to say much in little
and then take half of that little out and still preserve
an effect of leisure and natural movement.
- Raymond Chandler

How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.
- Branch Rickey

What with making their way and enjoying what they have won,
heroes have no time to think.
But the sons of heroes - ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
- Aldous Huxley

In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure
is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.
- Thorstein Veblen

Everybody was saying we must have more leisure.
Now they are complaining they are unemployed.
- Prince Philip

They talk of the dignity of work.
The dignity is in leisure.
- Herman Melville

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

Do not mistake a crowd of big wage-earners for the leisure class.
- Clive Bell

Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity.
- Mortimer Adler

Like every other good thing in this world,
leisure and culture have to be paid for.
Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the
cultured who have to pay.
- Aldous Huxley

People have become shallower.
They view spending, entertaining, seeking leisure and
enjoying as the main objectives of their life.
- Zhang Yimou

If you are losing your leisure, look out;
you may be losing your soul.
- Logan P. Smith

Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure;
married in haste,
we repent at leisure.
- William Congreve

As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it.
I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not
to be the immediate parent.
- Anthony Trollope

Do not love leisure.
Waste not a minute.
Be bold.
Realize the Truth, here and now!
- Swami Sivananda

Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.
- Oliver Herford

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means
of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
- Thorstein Veblen

The present letter is a very long one,
simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
- Blaise Pascal

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

Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.
- Thomas Hobbes

Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience,
not the lessons of retirement and leisure.
Great necessities call out great virtues.
- Abigail Adams

The artist is a member of the leisured classes who
cannot pay for his leisure.
- Cyril Connolly

Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption
is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going
to see what has become banal.
- Guy Debord

Basically, particularly in Britain, it's a hegemonic
thing that people who write tend to come from the leisure classes.
They can afford the time and the books.
- Irvine Welsh

My hobbies and leisure activities include cars and golf.
- Michael Strahan

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are,
the more leisure we have.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The busier we are the more leisure we have.
- William Hazlitt

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
men love in haste but they detest at leisure.
- George Byron

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make
one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
- Sydney J. Harris

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read.
War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement,
which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.
- Anthony Burgess

If there is such a thing as a workaholic,
I'm it, and that's what passes for leisure.
- Steve Earle

Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil.
- Branch Rickey

Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

The only place where people in Manhattan walk for leisure is in the park.
- Christo

I'd rather spend my leisure time doing what some people
call my work and I call my fun.
- Jared Diamond

What we do during our working hours determines what we have;
what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are.
- George Eastman

Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good
substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the
leisure of the labouring classes.
- James Madison

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
- Laurence J. Peter

He hath no leisure who useth it not.
- George Herbert

Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.
- Lord Byron

Convent - a place of retirement for women who wish
for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

I believe in manicures.
I believe in overdressing.
I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.
I believe in pink.
I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day,
and...
I believe in miracles.
- Audrey Hepburn

I sort of leave the character at the end of the day.
I don't carry anything around with me -
no excess baggage or unnecessary thoughts.
I think it's too exhausting to do that.
To put things into perspective - your work is your work,
and your leisure time is something else.
- Sean Bean

All this time I lived with my parents,
and wrought on the plantation; and having had schooling
pretty well for a planter,
I used to improve myself in winter evenings,
and other leisure times.
- John Woolman

For mothers who must earn, there is indeed no leisure time problem.
The long hours of earning are increased by the hours of domestic labor,
until no slightest margin for relaxation or change of thought remains.
- Katharine Anthony

I am moreover inclined to be concise when I reflect
on the constant occupation of the citizens in public and private affairs,
so that in their few leisure moments they may read
and understand as much as possible.
- Marcus V. Pollio

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

You can give men food and leisure and amusements and good conditions of work,
and still they will remain unsatisfied.
You can deny them all these things, and they will not
complain so long as they feel that they have something to die for.
- Christopher Dawson

Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development,
who love good music, good books, good pictures,
good plays, good company, good conversation -
what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.
- William Lyon Phelps

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.
- Henry David Thoreau

When Culture Club broke up, I hadn't been going out
a lot because we'd been working all the time,
so I suddenly had this period of leisure.
And it was just around the time that the whole acid
house thing kicked off in London.
- Boy George

War should be the only study of a prince.
He should consider peace only as a breathing-time,
which gives him leisure to contrive,
and furnishes as ability to execute,
military plans.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Automation and technology would be a great boon if it were creative,
if there were more leisure, more opportunity to engage in raising a family,
providing guidance to the young, all the stuff we say we need.
America will work if we're all in it together.
It'll work when there's a shared sense of destiny.
It can be done!
- Jerry Brown

If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to
this one utopian principle -
absolute busyness -
then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide:
an age without conflict will dawn,
perpetually busy - and without consciousness.
- Gunther Grass

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
- John Gunther

We moved leisurely towards Mount Foster,
on the 22nd, and arrived opposite to it a little before sunset.
- Charles Sturt


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