Play-related Quotes

"the plays the thing"-Shakespeare

“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” - Jean Piaget

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

"Laughter, ... has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the world."- Peter Ustinov

"Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities." Stuart Brown, M.D.

 “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation." - Plato

"Just squish it like this." - Playdoh

"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes." ~Thomas Aquinas

"Play is the beginning of knowledge."

"I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind."  Leo F. Buscaglia

  “When we come together to play and be we are truly ourselves. When we are truly ourselves it is wonderful and when we act collectively in that wonder we do transformative work for our community and our world.” Brad Colby 

"Play is the exultation of the possible." Martin Buber

"I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me."  Isaac Newton

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." George Bernard Shaw

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." Khalil Gibran

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father." Roger von Oech

"In our play we reveal what kind of people we are."  Ovid (Greek philosopher)

"A lot of hacking is playing with other people, you know, getting them to do strange things." Steve Wozniak (Geek Philosopher)

"Whoever wants to understand much must play much." Gottfried Benn, German physican

“In rare moments of deep play, we can lay aside our sense of self, shed time’s continuum, ignore pain, and sit quietly in the absolute present, watching the world’s ordinary miracles. No mind or heart hobbles. No analyzing or explaining. No questing for logic. No promises. No goals. No relationships. No worry. One is completely open to whatever drama may unfold.”

Diane Ackerman in Deep Play (via Bernie DeKoven)