Leisure Quotes

Impatience grasps at all, and admits of no delay, scorning to wait God's leisure, and to attend humbly and dutifully upon the issues of his wise and just providence.

Robert South

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

Gerald Brenan

And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace.

Aristotle

Virtuous people are simply those who have not been tempted sufficiently, because they live in a vegetative state, or because their purposes are so concentrated in one direction that they have not had the leisure to glance around them.

Isadora Duncan

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure.

Lord Byron

In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.

Thorstein Veblen

Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.

Samuel Johnson

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

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book.

Henry David Thoreau

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his souls estate.

Henry David Thoreau

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.

Thorstein Veblen

Deceit is in haste, but honesty can wait a fair leisure

Proverb

Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal.

Guy Debord

The poor and the busy have no leisure for sentimental sorrow.

Samuel Johnson

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.

Dag Hammarskjold

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

George Bernard Shaw

How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue”

Natalie Clifford Barney

Everyone understands that water is essential to life. But many are only just now beginning to grasp how essential it is to everything in life ń food, energy, transportation, nature, leisure, identity, culture, social norms, and virtually all the products used on a daily basis.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Unemployment diminishes people. Leisure enlarges them.

Mason Cooley

How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue.

Natalie Clifford Barney

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things.

Benjamin Franklin

But there is another strong objection which I, one of the laziest of all the children of Adam, have against the Leisure State. Those who think it could be done argue that a vast machinery using electricity, water-power, petrol, and so on, might reduce the work imposed on each of us to a minimum. It might, but it would also reduce our control to a minimum. We should ourselves become parts of a machine, even if the machine only used those parts once a week. The machine would be our master, for the machine would produce our food, and most of us could have no notion of how it was really being produced

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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