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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Leisure (39 Quotations)

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

 

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The end of labor is to gain leisure.
~ Aristotle

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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Leisure is the exultation of the possible.
~ Martin Buber

 

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He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
~ Marcus T. Cicero

 

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What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?
~ William H. Davies

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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If we don't come apart; we will come apart.
~ Vance Havner

 

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

 

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Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
~ Thomas Hobbes

 

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Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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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

 

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

 

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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

 

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