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LEISURE
[ Also see Activity Delay Ease Idleness Indolence Procrastination Recreation Repose Rest Retirement Sabbath Sloth Solitude Time Work ]

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

We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.
      - Aristotle

Life is rendered most agreeable by alternate occupation and leisure.
      - Demophilus

Leisure is gone,--gone where the spinning-wheels are gone, and the pack-horses, and the slow wagons, and the peddlers, who brought bargains to the door on sunny afternoons.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Our leisure is the time the Devil seizes upon to make us work for him; and the only way we can avoid conscription into his ranks is to keep all our leisure moments profitably employed.
      - James Ellis

Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never.
      - Benjamin Franklin

And leave us leisure to be good.
      - Thomas Gray, Hymn--Adversity (sc. 3)

He hath no leisure who useth it not.
      - George Herbert

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
      - Thomas Hobbes

No blessed leisure for Love or Hope,
  But only time for Grief.
      - Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt

To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time.
      - Victor Hugo

I pant beyond expression for two days of absolute and unbroken leisure. If it were not for my love of beautiful nature and poetry, my heart would have died within me long ago.
      - Lord Francis Jeffrey

You cannot find an instance of any man, who is permitted to lay out his own time, contriving not to have tedious hours.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Retired Leisure
  That in trim gardens takes his pleasure.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 49)

Remove but the temptations of leisure, and the bow of Cupid will lose its effect.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Leisure will always be found by persons who know how to employ their time; those who want time are the people who do nothing.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

I am never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when I am alone.
      - Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major

Mend when thou canst, be better at thy leisure;
  I can be patient, I can stay with Regan,
    I and my hundred knights.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for its occupation.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Parents and Children

Leisure and solitude are the best effect of riches, because the mother of thought. Both are avoided by most rich men, who seek company and business, which are signs of being weary of themselves.
      - Sir William Temple

Leisure is empty time.
      - Anne Vaughan, Countess of Carberry

The walking stick serves the purpose of an advertisement that the bearer's hands are employed otherwise than in useful effort, and it therefore has utility as an evidence of leisure.
      - Thorstein Veblen

Leisure is pain; take off our chariot wheels,
  How heavily we drag the load of life!
    Blest leisure is our curse; like that of Cain,
      It makes us wander, wander earth around
        To fly that tyrant, thought.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night II, l. 125)

Leisure, the highest happiness upon earth, is seldom enjoyed with perfect satisfaction, except in solitude. Indolence and indifference do not always afford leisure; for true leisure is frequently found in that interval of relaxation which divides a painful duty from an agreeable recreation; a toilsome business from the more agreeable occupations of literature and philosophy.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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