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    leisure Quotes

    If you are not lax when at leisure, you will be effective when busy. If you are not absentminded in tranquility, that will be useful in action. If you are not hypocritical in private, that will show up in public.
    — Zicheng Hong
    tags: action  leisure 
    People have become shallower. They view spending, entertaining, seeking leisure and enjoying as the main objectives of their life.
    — Zhang Yimou
    tags: people  leisure 
    I came to the flowers; I slept beneath them; this was my leisure.
    — Yosa Buson
    tags: leisure 
    Is there a choice in life? It's always been like this. I am jealous that you have a lot of leisure and free time. You are jealous that I have a lot money.
    — Yao Ming
    tags: time  choice  money  leisure 
    Television watching should more properly be called television staring; it engages eye and ear simultaneously in a relentless and persistent way and leaves no room for daydreaming. This is what makes watching such an inferior form of leisure
    — Witold Rybczynski
    tags: eyes  leisure 
    No man has a right to be idle. Where is it that in such a world as this, that health, and leisure, and affluence may not find some ignorance to instruct, some wrong to redress, some want to supply, some misery to alleviate?
    — William Wilberforce
    Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.
    — William Taylor
    tags: time  men  temptation  leisure 
    Leisure is the most challenging responsibility a man can be offered.
    — William Russell
    The right use of leisure is no doubt a harder problem than the right use of our working hours. The soul is dyed the color of its leisure thoughts.
    — William Ralph Inge
    The soul is dyed by the color of its leisure hours.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: soul  leisure 
    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
    Great sorrows have no leisure to complain:Least ills vent forth, great griefs within remain.
    — William Goffe
    tags: grief  sorrow  leisure 
    Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure; Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.
    — William Congreve
    tags: grief  leisure 
    Some by experience find those words mis-placed: At leisure married, they repent in haste.
    — William Congreve
    People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: people  work  society  live  hate  lost  healthy  drugs  leisure 
    My wish simply is to live my life as fully as I can. In both our work and our leisure, I think, we should be so employed. And in our time this means that we must save ourselves from the products that we are asked to buy in order, ultimately, to replace ourselves.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: time  work  live  wishes  leisure 
    Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
    — Walter Scott
    tags: marry  leisure 
    There are those to whom a sense of religion has come in storm and tempest; there are those whom it has summoned amid scenes of revelry and idle vanity; there are those, too, who have heard its "still small voice" amid rural leisure and placid retirement. But perhaps the knowledge which causeth not to err is most frequently impressed upon the mind during the season of affliction.
    — Walter Scott
    tags: mind  leisure 
    We enter our studies, and enjoy a society which we alone can bring together. We raise no jealousy by conversing with one in preference to another; we give no offence to the most illustrious by questioning him as long as we will, and leaving him as abruptly. Diversity of opinion raises no tumult in our presence: each interlocutor stands before us, speaks or is silent, and we adjourn or decide the business at our leisure.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    I've got to make a new life for myself, I'm out to learn how to enjoy my leisure now that I'm retired. I've been doing things people expected of me always. I want to feel free. I want to sit under a linden tree with nothing more important to worry about than the temperature of the beer, if there is anything more important.
    — Walter Huston
    tags: people  worries  learn  leisure 
    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
    In green old gardens, hidden away From sight of revel and sound of strife, Here I have leisure to breathe and move, And to do my work in a nobler way; To sing my songs, and to say my say; To Dream my dreams, and to love my love; To hold my faith, and to live my life. Making the most of its shadowy day.
    — Violet Fane
    tags: work  live  song  faith  dreams  leisure  garden 
    Leisure requires the evidence of our own feelings, because it is not so much a quality of time as a peculiar state of mind. ... What being at leisure means is more easily felt than defined.
    — Vernon Lee
    tags: time  mind  quality  leisure 
    What being at leisure means is more easily felt than defined.
    — Vernon Lee
    tags: leisure 
    Love can't flourish in a "society" based on money and meaningless work, but rather requires complete economic, as well as personal, freedom, leisure time and the opportunity to engage in intensely absorbing, emotionally satisfying activities which, when shared with those you respect, lead to deep friendship, but which our "society" provides practically no opportunity to engage in.
    — Valerie Solanas
    Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying.
    — Tryon Edwards
    tags: time  leisure 
    The walking stick serves the purpose of an advertisement that the bearer's hands are employed otherwise than in useful effort, and it therefore has utility as an evidence of leisure.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    tags: leisure 
    The institution of a leisure class has emerged gradually during the transition from primitive savagery to barbarism; or more precisely, during the transition from a peaceable to a consistently warlike habit of life.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    tags: leisure 
    The quasi-peaceable gentleman of leisure, then, not only consumes of the staff of life beyond the minimum required for subsistence and physical efficiency, but his consumption also undergoes a specialisation as regards the quality of the goods consumed. He consumes freely and of the best, in food, drink, narcotics, shelter, services, ornaments, apparel, weapons and accoutrements, amusements, amulets, and idols or divinities.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    tags: leisure 
    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
    The early ascendancy of leisure as a means of reputability is traceable to the archaic distinction between noble and ignoble employments. Leisure is honourable and becomes imperative partly because it shows exemption from ignoble labour.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    tags: noble  leisure 
    In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    The office of the leisure class in social evolution is to retard the movement and to conserve what is obsolescent. This proposition is by no means novel; it has long been one of the commonplaces of popular opinion.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    The taste of the more recent accessions to the leisure class proper and of the middle and lower classes still requires a pecuniary beauty to supplement the aesthetic beauty, even in those objects which are primarily admired for the beauty that belongs to them as natural growths.
    — Thorstein Veblen
    tags: beauty  growth  leisure 
    No blessed leisure for love or hope, But only time for grief.
    — Thomas Hood
    tags: time  grief  blessed  hope  leisure 
    Leisure is the mother of philosophy; and commonwealth, the mother of peace and leisure.
    — Thomas Hobbes
    tags: peace  mother  leisure 
    Leisure can be one of the Mothers of Philosophy.
    — Thomas Hobbes
    There is no leisure about politics.
    — Thomas Aquinas
    tags: politics  leisure 
    We should abolish 'work.' By that I mean abolishing the distinction between work and leisure, one of the greatest mistakes of the last century, one that enables employers to keep workers in lousy jobs by granting them some leisure time.
    — Theodore Zeldin
    tags: time  work  mistakes  job  leisure 
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