Play Quotes (66) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Play. In psychology and ethology, play is a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities normally associated with recreational pleasure and enjoyment. Play is most commonly associated with children and their juvenile-level activities, but play can also be a useful adult activity, and occurs among other higher-functioning animals as well.


"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves."
~ Carl Jung

"Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable."
~ Carl Jung

“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.”
~ Alan Wilson Watts

"Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning."
~ Dianne Ackerman

"Whoever wants to understand much must play much."
~ Gottfried Bern

"Play keeps us fit physically and mentally."
~ Stuart Brown

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

"The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."
~ Buddha

"Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it."
~ Eileen Caddy

"As adults we have quite a bit of work to do, and play seems to function as a protective mechanism against the costs of this work; a buffer against stress, a support during life transitions, a means of forming bonds and alliances, a jump start for creativity and problem-solving."
~ Christine Caldwell

"What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us."
~ Julia Cameron

"Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good."
~ Lucia Capacchione

"Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation."
~ Frank Caplan

"All creative people are kids at heart. You’ve got to play – do stuff that’s definitely not work to get off the linear approach to creative work. I keep yo-yos in my office and I play solitaire on my computer."
~ Steve Carmichael

"To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!"
~ Charlie Chaplin

"The true object of all human life is play."
~ G.K. Chesterton

"If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play."
~ John Cleese

"Life is playfulness…We need to play so that we can rediscover the magic all around us."
~ Flora Colao

"Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naïve at the same time… Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility."
~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"Anything on earth you want to do is play. Anything on earth you have to do is work. Play will never kill you, work will. I have never worked a day in my life."
~ Dr. Leila Denmark (100+, America’s oldest practicing physician)

"Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully."
~ Max Eastman

"Laughter puts your brain, your central nervous system and your whole being into a state of free play."
~ Max Eastman

"Play is the highest form of research."
~ Albert Einstein

"To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition."
~ Albert Einstein

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Work and play are the same. When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves."
~ Shakti Gawain

"The human urge to create comes from the play impulse."
~ Carla Hannaford

"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."
~ Paul Hawken

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play."
~ Heraclitus

"Most people are much more unusual and complicated and eccentric and playful and creative than they have time to express."
~ Oliver Herring

"Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life's only true lessons are writ small in the margin."
~ Jonathan Lochwood Huie

"We live in an ironic society where even play is turned into work. But the highest existence is not work; the highest level of existence is play."
~ Conrad Hyers

"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity."
~ Kay Renfield Jamison

"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game."
~ Michael Jordan

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with objects it loves."
~ Carl Jung

"Play is one of the highest spiritual forms of being. When we're in that state, we get lost in ourselves, which allows the mind to receive the message of the spirit."
~ Ellie Katz

"Playology is about waking up our senses, infusing our organs of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting - and the higher cognitive senses as well, with the spirit of play. Play ignites creativity and spontaneity. Playing together leads to trust and cooperation."
~ Ellie Katz

"Your brain controls how you feel. It’s the biggest playground in the world. What we think and feel creates secretions from the brain which in turn cause biochemical changes throughout the body. When we laugh and play, our body releases endorphins, the body's natural opiates."
~ Ellie Katz

"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play."
~ Abraham Maslow

"All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten fear. But the small steps of kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought and creative play."
~ Robert Maurer

"Can you imagine experiencing the world as a great sandbox given for us to play in like we did as children? As we play, we can also open ourselves to the exploration of our edges, always creating new adventures of self-exploration as we let go of old out-dated beliefs about ourselves."
~ Judith-Annette Milburn

"You've got to keep the child alive; you can't create without it."
~ Joni Mitchell

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."
~ John Muir

"Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of ones chosen form."
~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

"The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge."
~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

"In the true man there is a child concealed – who wants to play."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"The struggle of maturity is to recover the seriousness of a child at play."
~ Friedrich Neitzsche

"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold."
~ Joseph Chilton Pierce

"Do not…keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play."
~ Plato

"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things."
~ Plato

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

"In the garden of your days cultivate festivity, play and celebrations."
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is."
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

"To play is to yield oneself to a kind of magic."
~ Hugo Rahner

"It’s not that you won or lost…but how you played the game."
~ Grantland Rice

"Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is a dream, realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is love, enjoy it! "
~ Sathya Sai Baba

"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing."
~ Charles Schaefer

"Serious play is not an oxymoron; it is the essence of innovation."
~ Michael Schrage

"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good."
~ Dr. Seuss

"We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."
~ George Bernard Shaw

"Creativity is…seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."
~ Michele Shea

"The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression."
~ Brian Sutton-Smith

"Play brings joy. And it’s vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships."
~ Margarita Tartakovsky

"Life is like a game of chess…there are many moves possible, but each move determines your next move…where you wind up is the sum total of all your past moves…but first you have to make some kind of move."
~ Mort Walker

"It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life."
~ Marcia Wieder

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