The playfulness of children and adults is an important part of being human. Spontaneity and fun are basic human emotional needs, and are also means by which children and adults bond and learn. Children play with toys, act out stories, just generally let loose. Adults, too, play — or most do. Here are some quotations about play and playfulness — general playing, playing music, playing games.
Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.
Here is the vicious circle: if you feel separate from your organic life, you feel driven to survive; survival — going on living — thus becomes a duty and also a drag because you are not fully with it; because it does not quite come up to expectations, you continue to hope that it will, to crave for more time, to feel driven all the more to go on.
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 it is play.
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.
To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.
God does not play dice.
Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.
Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
You’ve play’d, and lov’d, and ate, and drank your fill;
Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
Comes titt’ring on, and shoves you from the stage.
No child should ever be too sad to play.
Hard work gives time to play harder, and smile at ease.
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you’ve got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you’re going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life.
A child loves his play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.
It is neither work nor play, purpose nor purposelessness that satisfies us. It is the dance between.
On the one hand we have the playing mind — innovative, magical, boundless. On the other is the gaming mind — concentrated, determined, intelligent. And on the hand that holds them both together we have the notion of playing well.
Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The creative mind plays with the object it loves.
The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.
It is better to play than do nothing.
One aspect of play is the importance of laughter, which has physiological and psychological benefits. Did you know that there are thousands of laughter clubs around the world? People get together and laugh for no reason at all!
Bart Giamatti did not grow up (as he had dreamed) to play second base for the Red Sox. He became a professor at Yale, and then, in time . . . president of the National Baseball League. He never lost his love for the Boston Red Sox. It was as a Red Sox fan, he later realized that human beings are fallen, and that life is filled with disappointment. The path to comprehending Calvinism in modern America, he decided, begins at Fenway Park.
People tend to forget that play is serious.
Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
Play not with others’ life and not let others play with your life.
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.