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Leisure Quotes

I'm never less at leisure than when at leisure, or less alone than when alone.

Author: Scipio Africanus (236-183 B.C.)

Profession: Roman Military Commander

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

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

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue

Author: Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972)

Profession: American-born French Author

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.

Author: Gerald Brenan (1894-1987)

Profession: Maltan Travel Writer, Novelist

Leisure is the exultation of the possible.

Author: Martin Buber (1878-1965)

Profession: Austrian-born Israeli Theologian, Philosopher

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?

Author: William H. Davies (1871-1940)

Profession: British Poet

If you have no problems at your job you don't have a job you've got a hobby.

Author: Ronald Dunn


Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else.

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

If we don't come apart; we will come apart.

Author: Vance Havner


The busier we are the more leisure we have.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist