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Encourage innocent amusement.
- Joseph Addison
If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from year, the latter from human life.
- Honore de Balzac
It was an old, old, old, old lady,
And a boy who was half-past three;
And the way they played together
Was beautiful to see.
- Henry Cuyler Bunner, One, Two, Three
Let the world have their Maygames, wakes, whetsunales, their dancings and concerts; their puppet-shows, hobby horses, tabors, bagpipes, balls, barley-breaks, and whatever sports and recreations please them best, provided they be followed with discretion.
- Robert Burton
So good things may be abused, and that which was first invented to refresh men's weary spirits.
- Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
(pt. II, sec. II, mem. 4)
People should be guarded against temptation to unlawful pleasures by furnishing them means of innocent ones.
- William Ellery Channing
It is exceedingly deleterious to withdraw the sanction of religion from amusement. If we feel that it is all injurious we should strip the earth of its flowers and blot out its pleasant sunshine.
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin
Whatever amuses, serves to kill time, to lull the faculties, and to banish reflection. Whatever entertains, usually awakens the understanding or gratifies the fancy. Whatever diverts, is lively in its nature, and sometimes tumultuous in its effects.
- George Crabbe
Any pleasure which takes and keeps the heart from God is sinful, and unless forsaken, will be fatal to the soul.
- Richard Fuller (1)
Locke, whom there is no reason to suspect of being a favorer of idleness or libertinism, has advanced that whoever hopes to employ any part of his time with efficacy and vigor must allow some of it to pass with trifles.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
I am a great friend to public amusements; for they keep people from vice.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
Boswell's Life of Johnson
Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.
- Rudyard Kipling
You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water,--an inch deep, and then the mud!
- George MacDonald
We have all our playthings. Happy are they who are contented with those they can obtain; those hours are spent in the wisest manner that can easiest shade the ills of life, and are the least productive of ill consequences.
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Play up, play up, and play the game.
- Henry John Newboldt, Vital Lampada
Amusement allures and deceives us and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave.
- Blaise Pascal
To find recreation in amusements is not happiness; for this joy springs from alien and extrinsic sources, and is therefore dependent upon and subject to interruption by a thousand accidents, which may minister inevitable affliction.
- Blaise Pascal
The mind ought sometimes to be the amused, that it may the better return to thought, and to itself.
- Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)
The habit of dissipating every serious thought by a succession of agreeable sensations is as fatal to happiness as to virtue; for when amusement is uniformly substituted for objects of moral and mental interest, we lose all that elevates our enjoyments above the scale of childish pleasures.
- Anna M. Porter
Hail, blest Confusion! here are met
All tongues, and times, and faces;
The Lancers flirt with Juliet,
The Brahmin talks of races.
- Winthrop Mackworth Praed, Fancy Ball
Recreation is not the highest kind act of enjoyment; but in its time and place it is quite as proper as prayer.
- Samuel Irenaeu Prime
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
Pastime passing excellent, if it he husbanded with modesty.
- William Shakespeare
There is no such sport as sport by sport o'erthrown.
- William Shakespeare
Where is our usual manager of mirth?
What revels are in hand? Is there no play
To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?
- William Shakespeare,
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Theseus at V, i)
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