Quotes for
the Journey:


Play has been people's most
useful preoccupation.

Frank Caplan


Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.       -Fred Rogers


The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.  The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.       -Carl Jung

Those who know how to play can easily leap over the adversities of life.  And one who knows how to sing and laugh never brews mischief.        -Iglulik Proverb

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 buoyant and full-blooded soul has quick senses and miscellaneous sympathies:  it changes with the changing world; and when not too much starved or thwarted by circumstances, it finds all things vivid and comic.  Life is free play fundamentally and would like to be free play altogether.        -George Santayana
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 kid.       -Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
Creation, after all, is only play.        -Stephen C. Paul

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
Why is play so elusive for some grown-ups?  Because we are so strongly attracted and attached to a profoundly goal-oriented, work-ethic-driven society.  Like other forms of non-work, play connotes wastefulness, a stoppage in the way of what needs to get done.  Yet often what really needs to get done has more to do with our hearts and spirits and less to do with a deadline or longstanding project.  Play beckons to us, urging us to live in the present moment, a moment that becomes more luminous when we disallow interruptions like work and worry.       -Leslie Levine
The real joy of life is in its play.  Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty.  It is the real living of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression.  Play is the business of childhood, and its continuation in later years is the prolongation of youth.       -Walter Rauschenbusch
The world is your playground.  Why aren't you playing?       -Ellie Katz
We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.       -Charles Schaefer
Does it not appear to you versatility is the true and rare characteristic of that rare thing called genius--versatility and playfulness?  In my mind they are both essential.       -Mary Russell Mitford
They are enlightened who join in this play knowing it as play, for people suffer only because they take as serious what the gods made for fun.       -Alan Watts
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!        -George Bernard Shaw
The true object of all human life is play.  Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.       -G. K. Chesterton
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.       -Roger von Oech
To be playful is not to be trivial or frivolous, or to act as though nothing of consequence will happen.  On the contrary, when we are playful with each other we relate as free persons, and the relationship is open to surprise; everything that happens is of consequence.  It is, in fact, seriousness that closes itself to consequence, for seriousness is a dread of the unpredictable outcome of open possibility.  To be serious is to press for a specified conclusion.  To be playful is to allow for possibility whatever the cost to oneself.       -James Carse
The ability to play is essential to being a creative artist.       -Dewitt Jones

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.        -Joseph Chilton Pearce


If I get to pick what I want to do, then it's play. . . if someone else tells me that I have to do it, then it's work.
-Patricia Nourot


To the art of working well a civilized race would add that art of playing well.        -George Santayana
Play is the beginning of knowledge.       -George Dorsey

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Thirty Reasons to Play!
Jill Murphy Long

1.   Explore!

2.   Time just for me.

3.   Connect with old friends.

4.   Make new friends.

5.   Have extra energy.

6.  Learn a new skill.

7.   Expand my interests.

8.   Expand my world.

9.   Think more clearly.

10.   Have fun.

11.   Sleep better.

12.   Be in a better mood.

13.   Be happy.

14.   Be healthier.

15.   Be with my dog.

16.   Be strong.

17.   Increase my strength.

18.   Be independent.
19.   Be confident.

20.   Time to problem solve.

21.   Reduce stress.

22.   Be with God.

23.   Be in nature.

24.   Get a suntan.

25.   Be me!

26.   Sweat out toxins.

27.   Eat healthier.

28.   Renew my enthusiasm for life.

29.   Be powerful.

30.   Because I want to!

When you play, you benefit from the physical movement, the intellectual stimulation and the creative expression.  You'll feel better about yourself, and many forms of active play will actually help you to get in better shape physically.  So while you may think you don't have time to play, this is the best thing you could possible be doing.

From her book Permission to Play, 2003.


Many of my clients stopped playing years ago.  They wouldn't dream of doing anything they'd call "play," except on rare occasions like planned vacations or jury duty.  They believe that play is inimical to success, that allowing themselves to play would cause them to lose their competitive edge at work.  This is incredibly ironic when you consider that the play-intensive nature of our brains is the very thing that's allowed us to out-compete every other species on earth.  A playful mind-set allows you to master whatever is in front of you, to form symbiotic alliances and partnerships, to adapt successfully to any challenging situation, and above all, to find a sense of fun that makes the whole shebang intrinsically satisfying.  Play is precisely what you need most to succeed at work.  It will also immeasurably improve your personal life, but as far as I'm concerned, the main reason to practice play is that it's extremely, vitally, pivotally good for your career.     -Martha Beck, The Joy Diet
Good work and joyous play go hand in hand.  When play stops, old age begins.  Play keeps you from taking life too seriously.     -George Byron

Everybody has heard the phrase "Work hard, play hard."  But I tell my teams "Work hard, play hard.  Don't get the two confused and move quickly from one to the other."  The difference is subtle, but I believe it's crucial for success.
  I think the biggest mistake people make is they waste time and happiness by mixing work and play.  Impatience causes all of us to want want to find an immediate conclusion instead of inching our way towards perfection.  This often leads us to wish we were playing when we're working, and on the flipside, worrying about work when we're playing.  In this way, we fail to get the most out of or enjoy either of them.     -Bill Resler, The Heart of the Team
Play not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative seriousness of things.  Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.     -Jim Fixx

There is wisdom in knowing how to play, to touch lightly, uninvolved and uncommitted, on what is pleasurable.
-Aelred Graham
It is a happy talent to know how to play.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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