If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

The last act crowns the play.

Games are a compromise between intimacy and keeping intimacy away.

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.

It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.

One can play comedy, two are required for melodrama, but a tragedy demands three.

Play needs direction as well as work.

I'll play with it first and tell you what it is later.

If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.

If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.

The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.

If there is a species which is more maltreated than children, then it must be their toys, which they handle in an incredibly off-hand manner. Toys are thus the end point in that long chain in which all the conditions of despotic high-handedness are in play which enchain beings one to another, from one species to another --cruel divinities to their sacrificial victims, from masters to slaves, from adults to children, and from children to their objects.

One of life's primal situations; the game of hide and seek. Oh, the delicious thrill of hiding while the others come looking for you, the delicious terror of being discovered, but what panic when, after a long search, the others abandon you! You mustn't hide too well. You mustn't be too good at the game. The player must never be bigger than the game itself.

In real life, it is the hare who wins.

Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.

The New York playgoer is a child of nature, and he has an honest and wholesome regard of whatever is atrocious in art.

Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.

The number of people that will not go to a show they don't want to see is unlimited.

Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.

Playing Shakespeare is really tiring. You never get to sit down, unless you're the king.

Life must be filled up, and the man who is not capable of intellectual pleasures must content himself with such as his senses can afford.

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.

In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.

He hates chess. He says it is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something clever when they are only wasting their time.

A play visibly represents pure existing.