To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.
Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement;
but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.
Amusement to an observing mind is study.
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You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water -- an inch deep and then the mud.
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement.
Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!
He was at a starting point which makes many a man's career a fine subject for betting, if there were any gentlemen given to that amusement who could appreciate the complicated probabilities of an arduous purpose, with all the possible thwartings and furtherings of circumstance, all the niceties of inward balance, by which a man swings and makes his point or else is carried headlong.
The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.
While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates.
You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.
A Judge may be a farmer; but he is not to geld his own pigs. A Judge may play a little at cards for his own amusement; but he is not to play at marbles, or chuck farthing in the Piazza.
The use of knowledge in our sex (beside the amusement of solitude) is to moderate the passions and learn to be contented with a small expense, which are the certain effects of a studious life and, it may be, preferable even to that fame which men have engrossed to themselves and will not suffer us to share.
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.
I'm not here for your amusement. You're here for mine.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement.
Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake, and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles.
Of all the various kinds of sexual intercourse, this has the least to recommend it. As an amusement, it is too fleeting; as an occupation, it is too wearing; as a public exhibition, there is no money in it. It is unsuited to the drawing room, and in the most cultured society it has long been banished from the social board. It has at last, in our day of progress and improvement, been degraded to brotherhood with flatulence. Among the best bred, these two arts are now indulged only in private--- though by consent of the whole company, when only males are present, it is still permissible, in good society, to remove the embargo on the fundamental sigh.
There was a time when all these things would have passed me by, like the flitting figures of a theatre, sufficient for the amusement of an hour. But now, I have lost the power of looking merely on the surface.
Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
I don't enjoy getting knocked about on a football field for other people's amusement. I enjoy it if I'm being paid a lot for it.
We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.
To me, watching a movie is like going to an amusement park.
My worst fear is making a film that people don't think is a good ride.
Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement - they offer not drama but thrills.
While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
The sportsman knows that a sport is a recreation, a game, an amusement and a pastime, but his eyes are fixed on a higher goal, on the most important thing in his life, which is his education or his vocation.
I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water - an inch deep and then the mud.
Looking at yourself through the media is like looking at one of those rippled mirrors in an amusement park.
Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
Gods prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight To Oblivion; a key to the understanding of all religion is that a god's idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.
One of the men attached to the prison was the occasion of great amusement on the part of the prisoners, as well as the spectators, by taking a large lump of ice to show these strangers from the tropics.
This is real human drama, we're not creating some amusement park ride for the summer. Even though the movie is really exciting to watch, it's got a real pathos behind it.
You can give men food and leisure and amusements and good conditions of work, and still they will remain unsatisfied. You can deny them all these things, and they will not complain so long as they feel that they have something to die for.
In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
My idea of an amusement park story is getting adventurers to go tour environmental disaster areas. After all, if the entire Great Barrier Reef gets killed, which seems like an extremely lively possibility, what are you going to do with all that rotting limestone?
We grew out of the superhero comics, but we still liked comics, so we started putting our own experiences in the stories we were doing for our own amusement.
I'm very good with technology, I always have been, and with machines in general.
They seem not threatening like other people find them, but a source of fun and amusement.
Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and shambles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement.
It was very lucky for me as a writer that I studied the physical sciences rather than English. I wrote for my own amusement. There was no kindly English professor to tell me for my own good how awful my writing really was. And there was no professor with the power to order me what to read, either.
One of the first duties of a Scout is obedience to authority.
He must obey his orders in the first place and put his own amusement or desires in the second.
Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement.
.. for transfiguration, not for the sake of play.
I would rather write for the instruction, or even the amusement of the poor than for the amusement of the rich.