"This is the real secret of life - to
engaged with what you are doing in the here and now.
And instead of calling it work, realize it is play."
- Alan Watts, Work as Play
"A girl is Innocence playing in the
mud, Beauty standing on its head,
and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot."
- Alan Beck
"To get a
great idea, come up with
lots of them."
- Thomas Edison
"Creative people are curious, flexible,
persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of
- Nita Leland
"It is only in playing that the
individual is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being
creative that the individual discovers the self."
- Donald Winnicott
"There is no correlation between
equipment ownership. None. Zilch.
- Hugh MacLeod
"If you want
creative workers, give them
enough time to play."
- John Cleese
"If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun.
When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a
- Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
"When we come together to
play and be we are truly ourselves. When we are truly ourselves it is
wonderful and when we act collectively in that wonder we do transformative work
for our community and our world.”
- Brad Colby
"Earth is here so kind, that just
tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest."
- Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857), A Land of Plenty
“Play is the exultation of
- Martin Buber
"Be aware of wonder. Live a
balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some."
- Robert Fulghum, All I Need to Know
essential part of creativity is not
being afraid to fail."
- Edwin H. Land
"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play."
- Arnold Toynbee
but it has to find you working."
- Pablo Picasso
"If life doesn't offer a game worth
playing, then invent a new one."
- Anthony J. DeAngelo
"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is
certainly the father."
- Roger van Oech
"Play is the taproot from which
original art springs. It is the raw stuff that the artist channels with all his learning and technique."
- Stephen Nachmanovich
"We may play with and pass on a garden,
possessing one is an illusion.
Gardeners must dance with feedback, play with results, turn as they learn.
Some gardeners don't grow old and stop playing; they stop playing and grow old.
Nature's playfulness is a gardener's delight.
A garden is a sporting field, an area for play."
- Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions
"In Hindu philosophy the whole
creation is regarded as the Vishnu Lila,
the play of Vishnu. Lila means dance or play. Also in Hindu
they call the world illusion; and in Latin the root of the word
illusion is ludere, to play.
- Alan Watts, Work as Play
“Acting is nothing more or
less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.”
- George Eliot
"Enthusiasm is excitement with
motivation, and a pinch of
- Bo Bennett
out a corner of your mind and
creativity will instantly fill it."
- Dee Hock
"Life consists not in holding good
cards but in playing those you hold well."
- Josh Billings
"When I grow up I want to be a little
- Joseph Heller
"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it
- Richard Bach
"Play is a uniquely adaptive
act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of
its own in human experience.”
- Johan Huizinga
"Be glad of life because it gives you
the chance to love
and to work and to play and to look at the stars."
- Henry Jackson Vandyke, Jr.
"Play is the taproot from which original
art springs. It is the raw stuff that the artist channels with all his
learning and technique."
- Stephen Nachmanovich
"Creativity is thinking up new things.
Innovation is doing new things."
- Theodore Levitt
"All the genuine, deep delight of life is
in showing people the mud-pies you have made; and life is at its best when we
confidingly recommend our mud-pies to each other's sympathetic consideration."
- A. M. Thornburn
"Humor is the affectionate communication of insight."
"At books, or work, or healthy play,
Let all my years be passed;
That I may give for every day
A good account at last."
- Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Divine Songs for Children
"Perspiration is the best form of
differentiation, especially in the
- Scott Belsky
"Don't stint on foreplay -- or
afterplay. Be inventive!"
- Dr. Ruth Westheimer
"All the genuine, deep delight of life
is in showing people the mud-pies you have made; and life is at its best when we confidingly recommend our mud-pies to each other's sympathetic consideration."
- A. M. Thornburn
“Imagination is the beginning
of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last
you create what you will.”
- George Bernard Shaw
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than
in a year of conversation."
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
"It is paradoxical that many
educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time
for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”
- Leo Buscaglia
"A great man is he who has not lost
the heart of a child."
"True intelligence operates silently. Stillness
is where creativity and solutions to problems
- Eckhart Tolle
"The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground."
- G. K. Chesterton
"It is a happy talent to know how to
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
- Benjamin Franklin
"The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own."
- Mike Konda
been man's most useful preoccupation.”
- Frank Caplan
play, this is because play is useful in the struggle for survival; because play
practices and so perfects the skills needed in adult life”
- Susanna Miller
"The cat has nine lives: three for playing, three for straying, three for staying."
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make
mistakes. Art is knowing which
ones to keep."
- Scott Adams
"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both."
- James A. Michener
"Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him."
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"When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?"
- Ralph Marston
built into creativity… the creative
act involves this element of ‘newness’ and ‘experimentalism,’ then one must
expect and accept the possibility of failure."
- Saul Bass
Life choices involve playing games: sometimes you throw the dice, sometimes you play chess.
It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
He that will cheat at play, will cheat you any way.
If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
Play is the beginning of knowledge.
going to play the game properly, you'd better know every rule.”
- Barbara Jordan
"Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?"
"If there were a prerequisite for the
future successful digital creative, it
would be the passion for discovery."
- John Maeda
"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing."
- Charles Schaefer
“Life's like a play; it's
not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters”
breaking out of established patterns
in order to look at things in a different way."
- Edward de Bono
"Work consists of whatever a body is obliged
to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do."
- Mark Twain
"Be glad of life because it gives you the
chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."
- Henry Van Dyke
“Play keeps us vital
and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable.
Without it, life just doesn’t taste good”
- Lucia Capocchione
"There is work that is work and there is
play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only
one of these lies happiness."
- Gelett Burges
"It is better to play than do nothing."
"Ideas are the
seeds, not the
substance, of creativity."
- Michael Schrage
the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”
- Joseph C. Pearce
"I was like
a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a
smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of
truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
- Isaac Newton
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