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Benjamin Disraeli - Samuel Johnson - Cicero - Hannah More - Ovid - Allan Bloom - Lawrence Haworth - Eric Hoffer - Friedrich Nietzsche - Bertrand Russell - John Milton - William Shakespeare - W B Yeats - Thomas Gray -      

 

 

4,557.  Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.  (Man & Wealth & Leisure)  Benjamin Disraeli, speech Manchester 3rd April 1872

 

 

6,652.  All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.  (Intelligence & Leisure)  Samuel Johnson

 

 

79,056.  The thing which is the most outstanding and chiefly to be desired by all healthy and good and well-off persons is leisure with honour.  Cicero 106-43 B.C.

 

 

79,057.  Many cannot be trusted with a life of leisure.  Hannah More 1745-1833, Christian Morals  

 

 

79,058.  In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.  Ovid

 

 

79,059.  As Western nations became more prosperous, leisure, which had been put off for several centuries in favor of the pursuit of property, the means to leisure, finally began to be of primary concern. But, in the meantime, any notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men’s taste and capacity to live it, had disappeared.  Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

 

 

79,060.  Certain ways of life, especially leisureliness and contemplation, are said to be marked by ‘self-sufficiency’ (Aristotle).  Here there is a double connotation of not needing much from others to carry on such a life, and of the life itself having the character of finality.  Both connotations suggest forms of independence.  Not needing much from others means being independent of them.  And ‘finality’ implies that the activity of thinking, or, more generally, of being leisurely has intrinsic worth.  Thus the leisurely person is independent in the sense that the value of his leisure does not depend on any consequence it may have, for example, the consequence that it restores his energy for the next day’s work.  Lawrence Haworth, Autonomy 1986

 

 

79,061.  The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling.  It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature.  People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay.  They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.  Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind 1954

 

 

79,062.  Has it ever been really noted to what extent a genuinely religious life ... requires a leisure class, or half-leisure – I mean leisure with a good conscience, from way back, by blood, to which the aristocratic feeling that work disgraces is not altogether alien – the feeling that it makes soul and body common.  And that consequently our modern, noisy, time-consuming industriousness, proud of itself, stupidly proud, educates and prepares people, more than anything else does, precisely for ‘unbelief’.  Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

 

 

79,063.  The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich.  Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness 1932

 

 

79,064.  Retired Leisure,

That in trim gardens takes his pleasure.  John Milton, Il Penseroso l49  

 

 

79,065.  Mend when thou canst; be better at thy leisure.  William Shakespeare, King Lear II iv 232

 

 

79,066.  There is no wisdom without leisure.  (Leisure & Wisdom)  Ancient Jewish Proverb, cited W B Yeats

 

 

79,067.  And leave us leisure to be good.  (Leisure & Good)  Thomas Gray, Hymn, Adversity III