On Play

‘play so that you may be serious.’
— Anarchasis

‘Very often the effort men put into activities that seem completely useless turns out to be extremely important in ways no one could foresee. Play has always been the mainspring of culture.’
— Italo Calvino

‘When truly creative people come up with a new idea, they don not reject it immediately because of its flaws. They play with it, looking for strengths and sliding over weaknesses.’
— David Campbell

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

‘If life doesn’t offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.’
— Anthony J. D’Angelo

‘Don’t play what’s there. Play what’s not there.’
— Miles Davis

‘Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.’
— Miles Davis

‘This combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.’
— Albert Einstein

‘To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.’
— Albert Einstein

‘I play with microbes. There are, of course, many rules to this play…but when you have acquired knowledge and experience it is very pleasant to break the rules and to be able to find something nobody has thought of.’
— Alexander Fleming

‘All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery and openness to change and flexibility and it hinders innovation and invention.’
— Joline Godfrey

‘We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the remarkable fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.’
— Eric Hoffer

‘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 Gustav Jung

‘Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.’
— Carl Gustav Jung

‘The human race is divided into two sharply differentiated and mutually antagonistic classes: a small l minority that plays with ideas and is capable of taking them in, and a vast majority that finds them painful, and is thus arrayed against them, and against all who have traffic with them.’
— H. L. Mencken

‘Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.’
— Charlie Parker

‘Man’s most serious activity is play.’
— George Santayana

‘To retain the simple playfulness of childhood through one’s riper years is what opens a person up to the creative possibilities within a situation.’
— Denise Shekerjian

‘I played with an idea, and grew wilful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escaped and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox.’
— Oscar Wilde

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