Leisure

Be not dilatory in doing, nor confused in conversation, nor vague in thought; leave thyself leisure in thy life.

Leisure is empty time.

What is difficult? To keep a secret, to employ leisure well, to be able to bear an injury.

Life is rendered most agreeable by alternate occupation and leisure.

He that always waits upon God is ready whenever He calls. Neglect not to set your accounts even; he is a happy man who so lives as that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.

The moral and spiritual forces of our country do not lose ground in the hours we are busy on our jobs; their battle is the leisure time. We are organizing the production of leisure. We need better organization of its consumption.

Curiosity, or the love of knowledge, has a very limited influence, and requires youth, leisure, education, genius and example to make it govern any person.

We enter our studies, and enjoy a society which we alone can bring together. We raise no jealousy by conversing with one in preference to another; we give no offense to the most illustrious by questioning him as long as we will, and leaving him as abruptly. Diversity of opinion raises no tumult in our presence: each interlocutor stands before us, speaks or is silence, and we adjourn or decide the business at our leisure.

It takes a highly intellectual individual to enjoy leisure.

Malicious slander never would have leisure to search, with prying eyes, for faults abroad, if all, like me, consider’d their own hearts, and wept the sorrows which they found at home.

Leisure without study is death, and the grave of a living man.

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.

All man’s efforts, all his impulses to life, are only efforts to increase freedom. Wealth and poverty, fame and obscurity, power and subordination, strength and weakness, health and disease, culture and ignorance, work and leisure, repletion and hunger, virtue and vice, are only greater or lesser degrees of freedom.

The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure; and he that hath little business shall become wise.

Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.

The three things most difficult are - to keep a secret, to forget an injury, and to make good use of leisure.

The best test of the quality of a civilization is the quality of its leisure. Not what the citizens... do when they are obliged to do... but what they do when they can do anything by choice, is the criterion of a people's life.

Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying, as if vainly attempting to overtake time that has been lost.

He who knows not how to use his leisure has more work than when he is working at work.