Play Quotes

Most popular play quotes

Play is the real work of childhood.
Play needs direction as well as work.

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Play is the exultation of the possible.
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Deep meaning oft lies hid in childish play.
In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.
There is for many a poverty of play and cultural life.
If necessity is the mother of invention, play is the father.
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.


To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well.

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If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work.

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We do not stop playing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop playing.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.


The true object of all human life is play.  Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.
Play is an activity enjoyed for its own sake.  It is our brain's favorite way of learning and maneuvering.
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.


At the center of everything we call "the arts," and children call "play," is something which seems somehow alive.


The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.
A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him, and he will certainly miss him.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.


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

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Play is what lifts people out of the mundane.  I sometimes compare play to oxygen—it's all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.
The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline.  In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he is outside himself.