from "Purported Utterances of The Oaqui"

"Play is a celebration of health."

- the Oaqui

"Play's the thing."

- the Oaqui

"Playful people have more fun."

- the Oaqui

"Playing in public is a political act."

- the Oaqui

"Games are like mountains. We struggle and click up our perilous way to the summit. Sometimes we die. But we go on and on, until we reach the very top, where we are invited to join hands with fellow climbers and share a peak experience or two."

- the Oaqui

"If you look for reasons to be playful, you may find reasons, but you won't find playfulness."

- the Oaqui

"Ask not what fun does for you. Ask rather what you do for fun."

- the Oaqui

"Play is art. Art is play.

- the Oaqui

“Do what you think you should be doing long enough, and you, too, could become a Self-Fulfilled Prophet”

- the Oaqui

"Forget the idea of winning and losing and you don't have to stop having fun."

- the Oaqui

“Don't let the humor escape you.”

- the Oaqui

“The leader to follow brings you to where you want to be.”

- the Oaqui

"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."

- the Oaqui

"When fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world."

- the Oaqui

"For every Way there's a way of following that Way that's fun."

- the Oaqui

"The Path that is best for you is the Path that keeps the best of you in play."

- the Oaqui

"...for the Truth will Make you Laugh."

- the Oaqui

"In the beginning it was fun. In the end, it was all for fun. And in between is where it tickles most."

- the Oaqui

"Play is how the mind minds, and how the soul soars"

- the Oaqui

"All for fun, and fun for all!"

- the Oaqui

"A Playful Path leads to the Well-Lived Life."

- the Oaqui

"Laugh longer, live louder."

- the Oaqui

"You can only have fun helping other people have fun if you're having fun doing it."

- the Oaqui

"Fun is better than winning."

- the Oaqui

"You ask: 'What is the Meaning of ME\WE?' I/we answer:

'When the will of the one is one with the will
of the many."

- the Oaqui

"The more, come to think of it, the potentially merrier."

- the Oaqui

"It's more fun when you're not the only one having it."

- the Oaqui

"Happy are those who get to talk. Happier are those who get listened to."

- the Oaqui

"The purpose of fun is to live it."

- the Oaqui

"Fun is where it's at. That's why you have to be there."

- the Oaqui

"to play is to be the bridge between
mastery and mystery
chaos and control
the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish"

- the Oaqui

"Losing is hardly ever fun."

- the Oaqui

"Might as well remove those doubts. Fun is what it's all about."

- the Oaqui

"It's easier to change the game than to change the people playing it."

- the Oaqui by way of Bernie DeKoven

"When the going gets tough, the tough do what they do, while the wise find the game in it."

- the Oaqui by way of Rick Hamrick

“Joy is overwhelming fun – fun so big that it overflows your mind, heart, body – as if all of life and love were spilling into you and you were spilling out.”

- the Oaqui by way of Bernie

"Games are like Rorschachs made of human relationships."

Bernie DeKoven, by way of the Oaqui

"In a Game Community, the rules and officials decide if the players are good enough to play. If not, they change players. In a Play Community, the players decide if the game is fun enough to play. If not, they change rules."

Bernie DeKoven, by way of the Oaqui

"Fun is not a 4-letter word"

- the Oaqui by way of Rocky

“It is a great mitzvah (sacred deed) to be in joy always…. When there is defect in one’s quality of joy, it leads to illness…and it is through rejoicing that all illnesses are cured…The principle of the matter is that you should muster all your powers to be always in a state of joy. For our nature is to incline toward being depressive and sullen due to afflictions that befall us and to the circumstances of the moment, and everyone is filled with troubles. Therefore, you need to move yourself with great effort towards becoming joyful always and to gladden yourself with whatever it is that you can find, and even by means that appear silly.”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslav Likutei HaMoHaRaN Tanina, Chapter 24, paragraphs 1 and 2

"The thing that hasn’t changed, and I don’t think will ever change, is that the operative word in music is “play.” You have to have a playfulness about it. As the world shifts, it’s starting to understand more and more that to have a playfulness about any and everything is actually the way of having a better life, or being more creative, or being more productive.

"The rules are:  The more playful we get, the more we can get rid of the rules."

Composer Hans Zimmer discussing VJam

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.”

Friedrich Froebel

"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

“Fun is what you do for yourself. If somebody else does it, it’s entertainment.”

- from “State and Main"

"One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand."

- Edward Albee

"Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"There is not a whole lot of fun in medicine but there is a whole lot of medicine in fun."

- Josh Billings

"Play is the exaltation of the possible"

- Martin Buber

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.”

Linda Naiman

"We come to recognize that playfulness, as a philosophical stance, can be very serious indeed; and moreover, that it possesses an unfailing capacity to arouse ridicule and hostility in those among us who crave certainty, reverence, and restraint."


"Humans test their brand new wings and invent new possibilities using new-fangled things not with grim determination, but with play."

Howard Bloom

"The space of play and the space of thought are the two theaters of freedom."

-Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

"Today a guy I didn't know taught me what women really want: the more he was making them laugh, the more they liked him. Love and laughs are really going together for women and I'm glad I witnessed this sooner rather than later!"

found on Jinxed

"Today I realize that every minute I didn't spend loving or laughing was a waste of time. It comes a little late, but I won't lose another minute by not enjoying life and the fun of it."

also found on Jinxed

"Creativity is intelligence having fun."

- Albert Einstein

"there are worse things in life than having fun"

Bill Harris

"Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time"

Marthe Troly-Curtin

I Tried to Teach My Child with Books;

He Gave Me Only Puzzled Looks.

I Tried to Teach My Child with Words;

They Passed Him by Often Unheard.

Despairingly, I Turned Aside;

"How Shall I Teach this Child," I cried?

Into My Hand He Put the Key,"Come," He Said, "Play with Me."

~ Author Unknown

"For since most of our living is unconscious,
play is like matchstrokes in the void, bringing into light the structures
we behave by, illuminating for us, however briefly, our deep meanings."

M. C. Richards

"Fun does not come in sizes"

Bart Simpson

"Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you --- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls."

Edward Abbey

"Remember to play after every storm"

11-year-old poet Mattie Stepaneck in Journey Through Heartsongs

"Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It’s crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it? I think I learned that from the artists, from my grandmother, from all the creative people I’ve spent time with over the years".

Frank O. Gehry

"Life is playfulness...We need to play so that we can rediscover the magic all around us."

Flora Colao

"Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness."

- Mary Satton

"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

" Take time every day to do something silly."

- Philips Walker

" The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which
one has not laughed"

Nicolas de Chamfort

" 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."

- Anon

" He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day...needs
to reorganize his life"

-George Matthew Adams

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing”

–Charles Schaefer

"The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground."

G. K. Chesterton

"Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.

G. K. Chesterton

"Play is the exultation of the possible"

Martin Buber

"Death is what makes life fun."

Billy Collins in Sailing Alone Around the Room

"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it"

to Mary W Little

"Time's Fun when you're having Flies"

attributed to Kermit the Frog

"If I were a toy, I would say 'Press my Play button'."

Julie De Koven

"If you never have, you should. These things
are fun and fun is good."

One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss

"It takes courage to play in a world that does not play."

Fred Donaldson

"Deep play precedes deep work."

from a talk by Jeremy Rifkin as conveyed by Matt Weinstein

"Fightin's outta style, fun's where it's at!"

Firesign Theater, I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus

"Take it easy baby, take it as it comes - specialize in having fun!"

Jim Morrision, The Doors

"To live is to play at the meaning of life...The upshot of this . . . is that it teaches us once and for all that childlike foolishness is the calling of mature men."

Ernest Becker - The Denial of Death pp. 201-202

"To live exhilaratingly in and for the moment is deadly serious work, fun of the most exhausting sort"

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison.

There often seems to be a playfulness to wise people, as if either their equanimity has as its source this playfulness or the playfulness flows from equanimity; and they can persuade other people who are in a state of agitation to calm down and smile."

Edward Hoagland

"No man is a failure who is enjoying life."

William Feather

"For a small child there is no division between
playing and learning; between the things he or she does 'just for fun' and
things that are 'educational.' The child learns while living and any part of
living that is enjoyable is also play."

Penelope Leach

"I have done my fiddling so long under Vesuvius that I have almost forgotten to play, and can only wait for the eruption and think it long of coming. Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's good fun."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"The I'm-going-to-win-no-matter-how-I-have-to-do-it attitude just doesn't seem to fit. For me, a contest isn't a success unless it was fun, whether or not I win."

Margo Godfrey Oberg

"Man consists of two parts, his mind and his body, only the body has more fun."

Woody Allen

"The one advantage of playing with
that no one ever gets singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up."

attributed to Oscar Wilde

"There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lies happiness."

Gelett Burgess

"You'd be surprised how much fun you can have sober. When you get the hang of it."

J.P. (James Pinckney) Miller

"There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"A bicycle does get you there and more. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun."

Bill Emerson

"...the Creator put fun on the earth to mark out correct solutions. He said that if what you're doing isn't fun, it needs re-evaluation. When you have fun in it, chances are you're on the right path."

Manitonquat aka Medicine Story

"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 Kids and Play, ch. 1 (1984)

"Have fun even if it kills you!"

Howell Norfolk

"If it isn't any fun, why bother?"

Ben Howell Davis

"The human race has only one effective weapon --and that is laughter."

Mark Twain

"We don't stop playing because we turn old, but turn old because we stop playing"

attributed to Satchel Paige

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."

Dale Carnegie

"You go for it. All the stops are out. Caution is to the wind, and you're battling with everything you have. That's the real fun of the game."

Dan Dierdorf

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."

Brendan Gill

""Children engage in such (free) play because they enjoy it--it's self-directed. They do not play for rewards; they enjoy the doing, not the end result. Once they get bored, they go on to do something else--and continue to learn and grow."

Sheila G. Flaxman

"Life does not cease to be funny when people die anymore than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."

George Bernard Shaw

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

e e cummings

" When the fun goes out of play, most often so does the learning".

Joanne E. Oppenheim

"You'd be surprised how much fun you can have sober. When you get the hang of it."

J.P. (James Pinckney) Miller

"I've always had the notion that people go to spectator sports to have fun and then they grab the paper to read about it and have fun again."

Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith

"Frances Stevens: Mother, this is why I've had to spend half my life running around the world after youto keep men like this away from you.

Mrs. Stevens: Well after this, let me run my own interference. It looks like the blockers are having all the fun."

John Michael Hayes

"To live exhilaratingly in and for the moment is deadly serious work, fun of the most exhausting sort."

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen."

Jerome K. Jerome

"You hear that boy laughing?you think he's all fun; But the angels laugh, too, at the good he has done; The children laugh loud as they troop to his call, And the poor man that knows him laughs loudest of all."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

"For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does 'just for fun' and things that are 'educational.' The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play."

Penelope Leach

"...being silly for silly's sake, or manufacturing silliness to reach some goal, just does not work as 'supportive silliness.' To be supportive, the silliness must already be there in the activity."

Dave Liebreich

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

Katherine Hepburn

"If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?"

Robert Townsend

"Sacred space and sacred time and something joyous to do is all we need. Almost anything then becomes a continuous and increasing joy. What you have to do, you do with play. I think a good way to conceive of sacred space is as a playground. If what you're doing seems like play, you are in it. But you can't play with my toys, you have to have your own. Your life should have yielded some. Older people play with life experiences and realizations or with thoughts they like to entertain. In my case, I have books I like to read that don't lead anywhere."

Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion - Reflections on the Art of Living; selected and edited by Diane K. Osborn

"... there is ... a big aspect of play in writing novels, and making the story more and more elaborate is just more and more fun."

Gish Jen

"Living each day as a preparation for the next is an exciting way to live. Looking forward to something is much more fun than looking back at somethingand much more constructive. If we can prepare ourselves so that we never have to think, 'Oh, if I had only known, if I had only been ready,' our lives can really be the great adventure we so passionately want them to be."

Hortense Odlum

"An hour of play is worth a lifetime of conversation."

"Life must be lived as play."

attributed to Plato

"If you like to make things out of wood, or sew, or dance, or style people's hair, or dream up stories and act them out, or play the trumpet, or jump rope, or whatever you really love to do, and you love that in front of your children, that's going to be a far more important gift than anything you could ever give them wrapped up in a box with ribbons."

Fred M. Rogers

"Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work: they can take pictures."

Susan Sontag

"When you're depressed, the whole body is depressed, and it translates to the cellular level. The first objective is to get your energy up, and you can do it through play. It's one of the most powerful ways of breaking up hoplessness and bringing energy into the situation"

O. Carl Simonton

"And let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that your should seek with him hours to kill? Seek with him always hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness. And in the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter, and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."

Kahlil Gibran

"In the City of the Sun, since duty and work are distributed among all, it falls to each one to work about four hours or days. The remaining hours are spent in learning joyously, in debating, in reading, writing, reciting, in walking and exercising the mind and body, and in play."

Campanelle, The City of the Sun, 1623

"Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time."

-Bertrand Russell

"Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness."

- Mary Satton

"Take time every day to do something silly."

- Philips Walker

"The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed"

- Nicolas de Chamfort

"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."

- Anon

In my view, art and the approach to life through art, using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place. I believe we are entering a whole new epoch.

Jonas Salk

"He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day...needs to reorganize his life"

- George Matthew Adams

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

- Katherine Hepburn

"Without playing with fantasy, no creative work has yet come into being."

- Carl Jung

"The word 'silly' derives from the Greek 'selig' meaning 'blessed.' There is something sacred in being able to be silly."

Paul Pearsall in The Heart's Code

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

"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because
it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because
it has been playful, rebellious, and immature."

Tom Robbins

"If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed
himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become
unstable without knowing it."


"Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the
instrument as one goes on."

Samuel Butler

" You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play".

Warren Beatty

"To play it safe is not to play".

Robert Altman

"If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play."

John Cleese

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself
I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore,
and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble
or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of
truth lay all undiscovered before me."

Isaac Newton

"If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent
a new one."

Anthony J. D'Angelo

"The most effective kind of education is that a child should
play amongst lovely things".


"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last

Savielly Grigorievitcyh Tartakower

" Blaise Pascal used to mark with charcoal the walls of his playroom, seeking a means of making a circle perfectly round and a triangle whose sides and angle were all equal. He discovered these things for himself and then began to seek the relationship which existed between them. He did not know any mathematical terms and so he made up his own. Using these names he made axioms and finally developed perfect demonstrations, until he had come to the thirty-second proposition of Euclid."

C. M. Cox

"The game of life is not so much in
holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well."

H. T. Leslie

"The Paleolithic hunters who painted the unsurpassed animal murals on the ceiling of the cave at Altamira had only rudimentary tools. Art is older than production for use, and play older than work. Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments. It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities."

Eric Hoffer

"Innately, children seem to have little true realistic anxiety. They will run along the brink of water, climb on the window sill, play with sharp objects and with fire, in short, do everything that is bound to damage them and to worry those in charge of them, that is wholly the result of education; for they cannot be allowed to make the instructive experiences themselves."

Sigmund Freud

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Abraham Lincoln

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved."

Victor Hugo

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."


"Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have."


"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever
they go."

Oscar Wilde

"Life is nothing to be very serious about. Life is a ball in your hands to play with. Don't hold on to the ball."

Ravi Shankar

"In rare moments of deep play, we can lay aside our sense of self, shed time's continuum, ignore pain, and sit quietly in the absolute present, watching the world's ordinary miracles. No mind or heart hobbles. No analyzing or explaining. No questing for logic. No promises. No goals. No relationships. No worry. One is completely open to whatever drama may unfold."

Diane Ackerman in Deep Play

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play".


"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father".

Roger von Oech

"To play is to listen to the imperative inner force that wants
to take form and be acted out without reason. It is the joyful,
spontaneous expression of one's self. The inner force materializes
the feeling and perception without planning or effort. That is
what play is."

Michelle Cassou and Stewart Cubley in Life, Paint and Passion

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."

Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted in Joy by Beverly Elaine Eanes

"There is a mystic in every one of us, yearning to play again
in the universe."

Matthew Fox in Wrestling with the Prophets

"The comic spirit masquerades in all things we say and do. We
are each a clown and do not need to put on a white face."

James Hillman

"Laughter is a holy thing. It is as sacred as music and silence
and solemnity, maybe more sacred. Laughter is like a prayer, like
a bridge over which creatures tiptoe to meet each other. Laughter
is like mercy; it heals. When you can laugh at yourself, you are

Ted Loder

"Play exists for its own sake. Play is for the moment; it is
not hurried, even when the pace is fast and timing seems important.
When we play, we also celebrate holy uselessness. Like the calf
frolicking in the meadow, we need no pretense or excuses. Work
is productive; play, in its disinterestedness and self-forgetting,
can be fruitful."

Margaret Guenther in Toward Holy Ground

"(Talking about his first computer) Like all kids we not only fooled around with our toys, we changed them. If you’ve ever watched a child with a cardboard carton and a box of crayons create a spaceship with cool control panels, or listened to their improvised rules, such as "Red cars can jump all others," then you know that this impulse to make a toy do more is at the heart of innovative childhood play. It is also the essence of creativity.".

Bill Gates

"All scientific knowledge to which man owes his role as master of the world arose from playful activities".

Konrad Lorenz

"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play".

Abraham Maslow

"If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society".

Jean Piaget

I'm in favor of an art that does something other than just sit on its ass in a museum.

Claes Oldenburg

"In every man there is a hidden child which is called the urge to create and he prefers as play things and serious things not the miniature ships, recreated in the minutest detail, but the walnutshell with a bird feather as mast and sail and a pebble as the captain. He also wants to be able to participate and to co-create in art, rather than being simply an admiring viewer. For this "child in man" is the immortal creator within him".

Christian Morgenstern

"In the true man there is a child concealed who wants to play".

Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is a happy talent to know how to play".

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art. There is no doubt that the leaders of the creative artists of the last 50 years concentrated their efforts mainly on eliminating that distance".

Hans-Georg Gadamer

"One will only be free when one plays and one's society will become a piece of art".

Herbert Marcuse

"Play is a phenomenon of nature and has directed the course of the world from the beginning of time: the formation of matter, its organization into living structures as well as the social behavior of man".

Manfred Eigen

"The dynamic principle of fantasy is play, which belongs also to the child, and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable."

C.G. Jung

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