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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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Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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Leisure time should be an occasion for deep purpose to throb and for ideas to ferment. Where a man allows leisure to slip without some creative use, he has forfeited a bit of happiness.
~ C. Neil Strait

 

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Life lived amidst tension and busyness needs leisure. Leisure that recreates and renews. Leisure should be a time to think new thoughts, not ponder old ills.
~ C. Neil Strait

 

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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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People without imagination are beginning to tire of the importance attached to comfort, to culture, to leisure, to all that destroys imagination. This means that people are not really tired of comfort, culture and leisure, but of the use to which they are
~ Raoul Vaneigem

 

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Spare minutes are the Gold-dust of time; the portions of life most fruitful in good and evil; the gaps through which temptations enter.
~ Anonymous

 

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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

 

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

 

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The end of labor is to gain leisure.
~ Aristotle

 

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

 

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

 

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When a habit begins to cost money, it's called a hobby.
~ Jewish Proverb

 

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When you like your work every day is a holiday.
~ Frank Tyger

 

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