The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other.— Bertrand Russell
Profound Leisured quotations
Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.
During the last times, men will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.
When you think of our sports-driven society, and our media-driven society, and our leisure-driven society, then you understand we are living in the last days.
All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.
No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.
We labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think. Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipsitck.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
People who work hard often work too hard.
... May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms.
What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails;
more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful, and childhood more happy and bright.
The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods.
Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by One after one;
the sound of rain, and bees Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas, Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky - I've thought of all by turns, and still I lie Sleepless.
Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness.
It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.
I remember in that red leisure suit I sort of felt like a Pizza Hut employee, and the white one was the ultimate, with the white turtleneck collar, that was the ultimate in bad taste.
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which.
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
On the whole, the enjoyment of leisure is something which decidedly costs less than the enjoyment of luxury. All it requires is an artistic temperament which is bent on seeking a perfectly useless afternoon spent in a perfectly useless manner.
Sexuality is not a leisure or part-time activity. It is a way of being.
Now that practical skills have developed enough to provide adequately for material needs, one of these sciences which are not devoted to utilitarian ends [mathematics] has been able to arise in Egypt, the priestly caste there having the leisure necessary for disinterested research.
Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle.
It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing.
The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness.
All this time I lived with my parents, and wrought on the plantation;
and having had schooling pretty well for a planter, I used to improve myself in winter evenings, and other leisure times.
It is unfortunately very true that, without leisure and money, love can be no more than an orgy of the common man. Instead of being a sudden impulse full of ardor and reverie, it becomes a distastefully utilitarian affair.
Lyric night of the lingering Indian Summer, Shadowy fields that are scentless but full of singing, Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects, Ceaseless, insistent. The grasshopper's horn, and far-off, high in the maples, The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence Under a moon waning and worn, broken, Tired with summer.
We moved leisurely towards Mount Foster, on the 22nd, and arrived opposite to it a little before sunset.
The problem of education in a democratic society is to do away with .
.. dualism and to construct a course of studies which makes thought a guide of free practice for all and which makes leisure a reward of accepting responsibility for service, rather than a state of exemption from it.
If the ordinary wage-earner worked four hours a day, there would be enough for everybody, and no unemployment — assuming a certain very moderate amount of sensible organization. This idea shocks the well-to-do, because they are convinced that the poor would not know how to use so much leisure.
Automation and technology would be a great boon if it were creative, if there were more leisure, more opportunity to engage in raising a family, providing guidance to the young, all the stuff we say we need. America will work if we're all in it together. It'll work when there's a shared sense of destiny. It can be done!
Sunday, the day for the language of leisure.
In the year 2000 you're going to have a problem.
..Leisure time will be a problem in the year 2000. I just want you to realize, I just want to make sure that you know of it now.
What we do during our working hours determines what we have;
what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are.