Quotes for
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Fun



  
Those who do not get fun
and enjoyment out of every day. . . 
need to reorganize their lives.

George Matthew Adams

   
PLAYING SHOULD BE FUN!  In our great eagerness to teach our children we studiously look for "educational" toys, games with built-in lessons, books with a "message."  Often these "tools" are less interesting and stimulating than the child's natural curiosity and playfulness.  Play is by its very nature educational.  And it should be pleasurable.  When the fun goes out of play, most often so does the learning.       -Joanne E. Oppenheim
   

You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased with them, or too grasping to care for what you can not turn to other account than mere delight.        -John Ruskin

   

The more fun you have, the greater your value to yourself and to your society.  The more fun you share with others, the more fun you have.       -from the "Purported Utterances of the Oaqui"

   

Life is meant to be fun, and fun is a sure antidote to disappointment.  A million things have brought me joy, or laughter, or most important, the experience of beauty.  Read.  Plant a potato, and discover a treasure chest of new ones when you dig them.  Walk down a northern path in the springtime, and try to count the dogwood blossoms and the trilliums.  Read Shakespeare.  Discover love.  Then look up at the stars and reach for them.       -Richard Cutler

   

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.       -Dale Carnegie

  
If one insisted always on being serious, and never allowed him or herself a bit of fun and relaxation, one would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.        -Herodotus

    

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.       -unattributed

   
There's time for fun, and there's time for work.  The relationship between the two seems to be a pattern within all natural systems; you can feel it in your gut whether you're on or off track.  When your life is all fun and no work, you feel unclean somehow.  When it's all work and no fun, you're out of balance and hardly of use to anyone.  In fact, it's because the problems of the world are so serious that we need to do whatever it takes to lighten up sometimes.  One of the ways you know you're in the flow is if you're seriously of service and seriously enjoying yourself at the same time.  It feels right because it is right.       -Marianne Williamson
    
It's impossible to have too much fun.        -Stephen C. Paul
   

   

Fun is fundamental.   There is no way around it.  You absolutely must have fun.  Without fun, there is no enthusiasm.  Without enthusiasm, there is no energy.   Without energy, there are only shades of gray.       -Doug Hall

   

While ideas such as discipline and focus are undeniably important, so is the idea of having fun.  With a small amount of effort, we can extract all the fun and joy out of most parts of our lives--our relationships, our work, even our leisure time.  We can put so many restrictions and should's on everything we do that our very lives become dull, overly ponderous, and routine.  Before long, we find ourselves living up to a set of rules--and we're not certain where the rules came from or whose they are.  Let yourself go.  Have a little fun with life.  Or, have a lot of fun with life.  If you've spent years being extremely disciplined, reliable, and somber, maybe part of achieving balance is having a decade of fun.       -Melody Beattie

   

We don't stop playing because we turn old, but turn old because we stop playing.       -Satchel Paige

   
   
The true object of all human life is play.  Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.      -G.K. Chesterton
    

If you obey all the rules,
you miss all the fun.

Katherine Hepburn

It is a happy talent
to know how to play.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

   

Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.       -George Santayana

    
Extreme fun is, well, extreme.  Fun that is so much fun that we are willing to risk life and limb to taste it, even if only for a second.  It's the fun of sky diving, bungee jumping, rock climbing, snow boarding.  Ordinary fun is the chewing gum kind of fun, even the washing dishes kind of fun that comes with the warm water and emerging sparkle and the meditation-like expanse of timelessness that ends when the sink is empty.
     The problem is that it's the extreme kinds of fun that get all the press.  That's the kind of fun that soft drink commercials are made of.  The other, the ordinary kind of fun goes for the most part unnoticed, barely felt.
     Which is precisely why so many of us think that we aren't having fun.  Which is precisely why so many of us really aren't having fun--because even when we are, we think we're not, if you know what I mean.  So we need to take back the fun that we are given on a daily basis:  the fun of crunchy cereal, of cold milk and hot coffee, of birdsong and dog wag, of smiles and waves, of warm blankets and light reading, of bringing someone breakfast in bed, of holding someone, of being held.     -Bernie DeKoven
   

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