Play Quotes
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Play quotes give us lots of reasons to make time in every day to play. Give yourself permission to play and have fun. We are all children at heart who long to push our responsibilities aside...

long enough to goof off for a day. Guess what? You have the power to make recess mandatory. Being playful reduces stress and stimulates creativity. If you think taking time to play is wasting time, study these quotes. You will learn it is essential to enjoy life. Play stimulates innovation and allows the highest intelligence of humankind to unfold. The question is not “Should you play?” it is “Are you playing enough?” Create a beautiful day and take plenty of time to play! The goal is making your work your play. Doing what you love means you’ll never work a day in your life. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

To learn more about the positive power of play, visit 
Play = Peace
 and read about the wonderful ways Mary Alice Long, PhD, is promoting personal and global peace through playful action.

People who play increase their social intelligence as well as their creative problem solving abilities. Making new connections holds the key. So lighten up and dare to practice playing with imagined possibilities!

Your personal joy, inspiration and creativity coach, 





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Play and depression may be opposite sides of a coin.
Jaak Pansepp

Play provides the emotional spark which activates our attention, problem solving and behavior response systems so we gain the skills necessary for cooperation, co-creativity, altruism and understanding.
Carla Hannaford - Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head

When we play, dopamine is released which induces elation, excitement, and orchestrates nerve net development and alignment all over the brain. When we are able to take in our fill of sensory stimuli, process and integrate it with richly developed base patterns, and express new insights in a creative way, both physically and verbally, we are then truly at play.
Carla Hannaford - Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head

The debt we owe to play of imagination is incalculable.
Carl Jung

When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.
Linda Naiman

When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
Fred Rogers

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

The human urge to create comes from the play impulse.
Carla Hannaford - Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play is the highest form of research.
Albert Einstein

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

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.
Abraham Maslow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play has been man's most useful preoccupation.
Frank Caplan

Play is our brain's favorite way of learning.
Dianne Ackerman

Play is the exultation of the possible.
Martin Buber

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

Play keeps us fit physically and mentally.
Stuart Brown

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 produces feelings of pleasure which help you escape from two major creativity killers – stress and self-consciousness.
Jordan Ayan

Play will never kill you, work will. I have never worked a day in my life.
Dr. Leila Denmark , was America's oldest practicing physician at 103

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

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

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

We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

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

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



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