A Quote by Gerald Brenan on leisure and people

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

Gerald Brenan (1894 -)

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A Quote by George H. Allen on leisure, sleep, and time

Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.

George H. Allen (1922 - 1990)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on happiness, leisure, and secrets

The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Frederick Tilney on leisure and repentance

Marry in haste, repent in leisure.

Frederick Tilney (1875 - 1938)

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A Quote by Feltham on death, god, happiness, leisure, and life

He who always waits upon God, is ready whensoever he calls.-He is a happy man who so lives that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.


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A Quote by Edmund Burke on ability, doctors, execution, imagination, leisure, meditation, military, nature, peace, planning, politics, society, study, time, and war

"War," says Machiavelli, "ought to be the only study of a prince;" and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. "He ought," says this great political doctor, "to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans. "A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: A Vindication of Natural Society. Vol. i. p. 15.

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A Quote by Dr. Fay B. Nash on achievement, adulthood, challenge, conquest, creativity, happiness, health, individuality, joy, leisure, people, skill, success, and work

It takes a highly intellectual individual to enjoy leisure. . . . Most of us had better count on working. What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement. . . . Few people overwork; plenty overeat, overworry, overdrink. . . . Few realize real joy and happiness of conquest. The basis of mental health for the average adult is more work, provided the work is not mere drudgery.

Dr. Fay B. Nash

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on dignity and leisure

Leisure with dignity.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on idleness and leisure

He is never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when he is alone. Never less idle than when wholly idle, nor less alone than when wholly alone. - Numquam se minus otiosum esse, quam quum otiosus, nec minus solum, quam quum solus esset.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

Source: De Officiis, liber iii. c. 1.

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A Quote by Charles Heiser on agriculture, animals, argument, certainty, change, discipline, existence, food, leisure, life, plants, seasons, and time

Agriculture probably required a far greater discipline than did any form of food collecting. Seeds had to be planted at certain seasons, some protection had to be given to the growing plants and animals, harvests had to be reaped, stored and divided. Thus, we might argue that it was neither leisure time nor a sedentary existence but the more rigorous demands associated with an agricultural way of life that led to great cultural changes.

Charles Heiser

Source: Seed to Civilization

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