More Fun “Quotes”

by Bernie DeKoven

“Angels fly because they take themselves lightly”

-G. K. Chesterton

“It Is Fun to Have Fun, but You Have to Know How”

-Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat

“Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.”
Carla Reiger

“When we’re doing our lessons, the teacher doesn’t say, ‘Ready, set, work,’
“They say, ‘Ready, set, play,’ and I always took that word seriously.”
Bobby McFerren on NPR

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 the equanimity; and they can persuade other people who are in a state of agitation to calm down and manage a smile.
-Edward Hoagland

A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one.
Saint Philip Neri

It is only in playing that the individual is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.
-Donald Winnicott

“The Universe is constituted to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly to conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. The geometry of life is designed to keep us on the crux between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos.”
- George Leonard

The struggle of maturity is to recover the seriousness of the child at play.
- Friedrich Nietszche

“Progress is nothing but the victory of laughter over dogma.”
- Benjamin Decasseres

“The trivialization of play was the work ethic’s most lasting, and most regrettable achievement.”
- Pat Kane - The Play Ethic

“A creature that once knows the pleasure of play will derive satisfaction from it even when youth is gone.”
- Karl Groos The Play of Animals

“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

“This is the real secret of life is to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
- Alan Watts

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”
- Arnold Toynbee

“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.”
- Warren Beatty

“The masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their minds and their bodies, their information, their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which, they simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.”
- James Michener

‘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

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
- Aldous Huxley

Play is the highest form of research.
- Albert Einstein

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

We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves,
or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.
- Charles Schaefer

“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 the equanimity; and they can persuade other people who are in a state of agitation to calm down and manage a smile.”
- Edward Hoagland

“Play precedes culture, because the idea of culture always presupposes human society, while animals have not waited for the human being to teach them to play.”
- Johan Huizinga

“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

“In Hindu philosophy the whole creation is regarded as the Vishnu Lila, the play of Vishnu.  Lila means dance or play.  Also in Hindu philosophy, they call the world illusion; and in Latin the root of the word illusion is ludere, to play.”
- Alan Watts, Work as Play

“Chance and rules are the elements that underlie games and play. Play began among the elementary particles, atoms, and molecules, and now our brain cells carry it on. Human beings did not invent play. All our capabilities arise from play.”
- Eigen and Winkler

‎” All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.”
- Jane Wagner, The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe, performed by Lily Tomlin

“On a bad day, I have mood swings, but on a good day I have the whole mood playground.”
Charles Rosenblum

“When we were children we were errant enough to wish to be birds for the day but there’s nothing easier to lose than playfulness.”
- Jim Harrison in True North

“My basic tenent, and I wont hide this from you, is that the universe is inherently playful…”
- Alan Watts, in “Learning the Human Game

“It is play and only play that makes man complete.”
- Johann Friedrich von Schiller

“People rarely succeed unless thay have fun in whatthey are doing”
- Dale Carnegie

“All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it”
- Samuel Butler

“In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.”
- Ovid

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”
-Diane Ackerman

“Culture arises and unfolds in and as play.”
- Johan Huizinga

“Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”
- Jimmy Buffett

“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.”
- Abraham Maslow

“Whoever wants to understand much must play much.”
- Gottfried Benn

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

“The true object of all human life is play.”
- G. K. Chesterton

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”
- Fred Rogers

“A child loves his play, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”
- Benjamin Spock

“Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation”.
- Stuart Brown, M.D.

“Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation.”
- Frank Caplan

“To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well.”
- George Santayana

“People tend to forget that play is serious.”
- David Hockney

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”
- Kay Redfield Jamison

“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.”
- Plato

“Deep meaning lies often in childish play.”
- Johann Friedrich von Schiller

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.”
- Heraclitus

“Children at play are not playing about. Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity.”
- Michel de Montaigne

“To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well”.
- George Santayana

“When God created the world he was playing”.
- Ernst Lurker

“Whoever wants to understand much must play much”.
- Gottfried Benn

“When we play, we sense no limitations. In fact, when we are
playing, we are usually unaware of ourselves. Self-observation
goes out the window. We forget all those past lessons of life,
forget our potential foolishness, forget ourselves. We immerse
ourselves in the act of play. And we become free.”
- Lenore Terr in Beyond Love and Work

“Imaginative play is a key that opens the doors of intuition.”
- Frances E. Vaughan in Awakening Intuition

“It is interesting that Hindus, when they speak of the creation
of the universe, do not call it the work of God, they call it
the play of God, the Vishnu-lila, lila meaning “play.” And they
look upon the whole manifestation of all the universes as a play,
as a sport, as a kind of dance lila perhaps being somewhat related
to our word lilt.”
- Alan Watts in Zen and the Beat Way

“Be patient also with life itself. Those who love life are tolerant
of its ups and downs, its reversals and leaps forward. Those who
love life enjoy playing it by ear, engaging life without a printed
score, simply flowing with its melody. By keeping our agendas
flexible and minimizing our demands, life can be a melodic song.
Whenever circumstances interrupt the normal rhythm of life, those
who cultivate patience and inner freedom are able to improvise
with a life situation like jazz musicians, making up music as
they go along. The emphasis in playing it by ear is on playfulness.
Those who use that gift of the Holy Spirit make their way gracefully
through life.”
- Edward Hays in The Great Escape Manual

“A genuine sense of humor is having a light touch: not beating
reality into the ground but appreciating reality with a light
touch. The basis of Shambhala vision is rediscovering that perfect
and real sense of humor, that light touch of appreciation.”
- Chogyam Trungpa in The Essential Chogyam Trungpa edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people”
- Victor Borge

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but
often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the
one which has opened for us.”
- Helen Keller

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable,
than risk being happy.”
- Robert Anthony

I do not think that the life of Heaven bears any analogy to play or dance in respect of frivolity. I do think that while we are in this “valley of tears,” cursed with labor, hemmed round with necessities, tripped up with frustrations, doomed to perpetual plannings, puzzlings, and anxieties, certain qualities that must belong to the celestial condition have no chance to get through, can project no image of themselves, except in activities which, for us here and now, are frivolous.
For surely we must suppose the life of the blessed to be an end in itself, indeed The End: to be utterly spontaneous; to be the complete reconciliation of boundless freedom with order – with the most delicately adjusted, supple, intricate, and beautiful order?
How can you find any image of this in the “serious” activities either of our natural or of our (present) spiritual life? Either in our precarious and heart-broken affections or in the Way which is always, in some degree, a via crucis [way of the cross]?
No, Malcolm. It is only in our “hours-off,” only in our moments of permitted festivity, that we find an analogy. Dance and game are frivolous, unimportant down here; for “down here” is not their natural place. Here, they are a moment’s rest from the life we were placed here to live.
But in this world everything is upside down. That which, if it could be prolonged here, would be a truancy, is most like that which in a better country is the End of ends. Joy is the serious business of Heaven.
- from Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, C.S. Lewis, (San Diego: Harvest, 1964), p. 92-93]

“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do,
something to love, and something to hope for.”
- Allan K. Chalmers

“Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.”
- Benjamin Disraeli

“Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.”
- Burton Hills

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might
as well be happy.”
- Cynthia Nelms

“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.”
- Scottish Proverb

“The joy that isn’t shared dies young.”
- Anne Sexton

“No man is happy who does not think himself so.”
- Marcus Aurelius

“Happiness sneaks through a door you didn’t know you left
open.”
- John Barrymore

“What is given by the gods more desirable than a happy
hour?”
- Catullus

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.”
-  Jawaharlal Nehru

“Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.”
- Italian proverb

“Seek, above all, for a game worth playing.”
- Robert S. de Ropp

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
- Robert Frost

“Often the greatest enemy of present happiness is past
happiness too well remembered.”
- Oscar Hammling

“A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.”
- John Ray

“Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision,
but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope…”
- Kalidasa

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they
try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of
what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually
works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then,
do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”
- Margaret Young

“Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it
has been the key to everything I’ve done from the outset.
More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s
success. ”
- Richard Branson

“It may be that true happiness lies in the conviction
that one has irremediably lost happiness. Then we can begin
to move through life without hope or fear, capable of finally
enjoying
all the small pleasures,
which are the most lasting.”
- Maria Luisa-Bombal

“Fate often puts all the material of happiness into a man’s
hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.”
- Don Marquis

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements
of life when all that we need to make us really happy is something
to be enthusiastic about.”
- John Mason Brown

“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.”
- Mildred Barthel.

“Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it,
it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention
to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against
your legs and jumping into your lap.”
- William Bennett

“What is the worth of anything,
But for the happiness ’twill bring?”
- Richard Owen Cambridge.

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month — get married.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
- Chinese proverb

“The joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.”
- The Bible: Ecclesiasticus. XXX. 22

“Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked
in strangers’ gardens.”- Douglas Jerrold.

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes
true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification,
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
- Helen Keller

“We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.”
- La Rochefoucauld.

“Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.”
- Karl Marx

“Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.”
- Bernard Meltzer

“Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.”
- Dan Millman

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”
- John Stuart Mill.

“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.”
- Doris Mortman

“Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.”
- Gretta Brooker Palmer.

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”
- Agnes Repplier.

“The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be  happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.”
- Bertrand Russell

“No joy can equal the joy of serving others.”
- Sai Baba

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are
those who have sought and found how to serve.”
- Albert Schweitzer

“I wish you all the joy that you can wish.”
- William Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice).

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
- Dodie Smith

“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.”
- Mark Twain.

“If only we wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is difficult, since we think them happier than they are.”
- Monesquieu

“The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.”
- Publilius Syrus

“If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.”
-Bertrand Russell

“Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.”
- Bertrand Russell

“A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.”
- George Santayana

“The greater part of happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.”
- Martha Washington

“Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.”
- Aristotle

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
- Aristotle

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
- Anne Frank

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
- The 14th Dalai Lama

“True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self, but the point is not only to get out you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”
- Henry James

“The highest happiness of man … is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.”
- Goethe

“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.”
- Albert Camus

“Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.”
- Charles Caleb Colton

“No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.”
- Thomas Fuller

“It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.”
- Don Marquis

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”
- Jacques Prevert

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
- Marcel Proust

“Happiness walks on busy feet.”
- Kittie Turmell

“Happiness is nothing more than health and a poor memory.”
- Albert Schweitze

“The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”
- Bertrand Russell

“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who secure within can say:
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.”
- Horace

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”
- William H. Sheldon

“The more refined one is, the more unhappy.”
- Anton Chekhov

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
- Ernest Hemingway

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
-George Burns

“To fill the hour, that is happiness.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day…needs to reorganize his life”
- George Matthew Adams


Humor

“There is no defence against adverse fortunes which is as effectual as an habitual sense of humor.”
- Thomas W. Higginston

“When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immence importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.”
- Katherine Mansfield

“Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though she/he is involved in tragic events.”
- E.T. “Cy” Eberhart

“Humor is my sword and my shield. It protects me. You can open a door with humor and drive a truck right through it.”
- Alan Simpson

“A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable.”-
- Moshe Waldoks

“Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.”
- Roman Gary

“Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.”
- Max Eastman

“Humor is a means of obtaining pleasure in spite of the distressing effects that interface with it.”
- Sigmund Freud

“Humor is the healthy way of feeling “distance” between one’s self and the problem, a way of standing off and looking at one’s problems with perspective.”
- Rollo May

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jostled by every pebble on the road.”
- Henry Ward Beecher

“Total absence of humor renders life impossible.”
- Colette

“If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

“A sense of humor judge’s one’s actions and the actions of others from a wider referemce….it pardons shortcomings, it consoles failure. It recommends moderation.”
- Thornton Wilder

“Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“Any man who has the job I’ve had and didn’t have a sense of humor wouldn’t still be here.”
- Harry S. Truman

“Humor is an attitude. It’s a way of looking at life and of telling others how you feel about what’s happening around you.”
- Gene Perrer

“Humor is just another defense against the universe.”
- Mel Brooks

“Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would have never survived our captivity.”
- Philip Butler, Vietnam POW

“I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had”
- Margaret Mead

“Fun comes hard – like, alas, its prarens, pleasure and happiness, whom we have to pursue.”
- Saul Bellow in a letter to John Beryman, 7/24/1958

“To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.”
– Albert Einstein

“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.”
– John Cleese

“If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.”
– Clarence Darrow

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.”
– Carl Jung

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny!’”
- Isaac Asimov

“Serious play is not an oxymoron; it is the essence of innovation.”
– Michael Schrage

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
– William James

“Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too.”
– Jimmy Buffett

“Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.”
– Wavy Gravy

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.”
– Mark Twain

“Play so that you may be serious.”
– Anarchasis

“When truly creative people come up with a new idea they don’t reject it immediately because of its flaws. They play with it, looking for strengths and sliding over weaknesses.”
– David Campbell

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.”
– Miles Davis

“All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery, and openness to change and flexibility and it hinders innovation and invention.”
– Joline Godfrey

“If I had no sense of humor, I would have long ago committed suicide.”
– Mahatma Ghandi

“Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.”
– Edward de Bono

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.”
– Peter Ustinov

“The number one premise of business is that it need not be boring or dull. It ought to be fun. If it’s not fun, you’re wasting your life.”
– Tom Peters


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