Samuel Gompers Page

“What does labor want? We want more school houses and less jails. More books and less guns. More learning and less vice. More leisure and less greed. More justice and less revenge. We want more... opportunities to cultivate our better natures.”

- Samuel Gompers

Source/Notes: Quoted in Mantsios, Gregory. A New Labor Movement for the New Century. Florence, Ky.: Taylor & Francis, 1998, p. 51.
James A. Michener Page

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.”

- James A. Michener

Arne Garborg Page

“It is said that for money you can have everything, but you cannot. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; knowledge but not wisdom; glitter, but not beauty; fun, but not joy; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; leisure, but not peace. You can have the husk of everything for money, but not the kernel.”

- Arne Garborg

Henry David Thoreau Page

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Benjamin Franklin Page

“A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.”

- Benjamin Franklin

Source/Notes: The life of Benjamin Franklin: to which are added Essays by the same Author : Mit einem Wörterbuch ; Zum Schul- u. Privatgebrauch (1838 edition)


Emily Dickinson Page

“Because I could not stop for Death — He kindly stopped for me — The Carriage held but just Ourselves — And Immortality. We slowly drove — He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility —”

- Emily Dickinson

Source/Notes: 712: Because I could not stop for Death — - Poems
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Page

“The much occupied man has no time for wantonness, and it is an obvious commonplace that the evils of leisure can be shaken off by hard work.”

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Source/Notes: Numquam vacat lascivire districtis, nihilque tam certum est quam otii vitia negotio discuti. - Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius)
George Bernard Shaw Page

“The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.”

- George Bernard Shaw

Source/Notes: Misalliance, the Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and Fanny's First Play (2008 edition), Wildside Press LLC - ISBN: 9781434475572
Samuel Gompers Page

“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.”

- Samuel Gompers

Source/Notes: The Shoe workers' journal, Volume 16 (1915) p.4
Madame Roland Page

“People who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.”

- Madame Roland


Edward Abbey Page

“WEALTH AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT: Let us define the wealthy man as he who has everything he desires. How to reach that happy condition? Two ways... (1) Through money: Work, sweat, scheme, grovel, cheat, lie betray to acquire it. But there's no guarantee you'll succeed. Ninety-nine chances out of a hundred, you'll fail. Or... (2) Do without: Reduce your needs to the minimum required for a healthy life. Get by on part-time work. Enjoy the leisure of the leisure class. That's the easy way to become rich, and anyone can do it; the success rate is one-hundred percent.”

- Edward Abbey

Source/Notes: Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey
Aldous Huxley Page

“Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.”

- Aldous Huxley

Source/Notes: Crome Yellow (2007 edition), Filiquarian Publishing, LLC. - ISBN: 9781599866772
Guy Debord Page

“Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption... is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal.”

- Guy Debord

Source/Notes: Ch. 7, sct. 168 - Society of the Spectacle (1967)
Oliver Wendell Holmes Page

“Leisure only means a chance to do other jobs that demand attention.”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Eamon de Valera Page

“That Ireland which we dreamed of would be the home of a people who valued material wealth only as a basis of right living, of a people who were satisfied with frugal comfort and devoted their leisure to the things of the spirit; a land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages would be joyous with sounds of industry, the romping of sturdy children, the contests of athletic youths, the laughter of comely maidens; whose firesides would be the forums of the wisdom of serene old age.”

- Eamon de Valera

Source/Notes: Broadcast, 17 March 1943


Eric Hoffer Page

“The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.”

- Eric Hoffer

Charles Lazarus Page

“Hard work is the key to success, so work diligently on any project you undertake. If you truly want to be successful, be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5 PM and on weekends. Also, have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you believe in, don't allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it.”

- Charles Lazarus