Leisure Quotes - Page 2

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.

– Gerald Brenan

Genealogy is among the fastest-growing leisure pursuits in the U.K. Indeed, the urge to uncover the truth about our ancestors has proved so compelling that, when the 1901 census first went online, the website crashed after a million people logged on within hours of its launch.

– Rory Bremner

Watching TV is the most popular leisure activity in Britain. I find that very depressing.

– Jeremy Paxman

People have become shallower. They view spending, entertaining, seeking leisure and enjoying as the main objectives of their life.

– Zhang Yimou

I am moreover inclined to be concise when I reflect on the constant occupation of the citizens in public and private affairs, so that in their few leisure moments they may read and understand as much as possible.

– Vitruvius

I take pride in taking care of all the housework so that my wife, who works as a designer for Martha Stewart, won’t need to sacrifice any of her leisure time when she gets home.

– Said Sayrafiezadeh

I think that it is important to be gregarious, and that friendships are not just a leisure pursuit, that they are an integral part of what it is to be human, and one does better work if one has a circle of friends that is active.

– Niall Ferguson

Basically, particularly in Britain, it’s a hegemonic thing that people who write tend to come from the leisure classes. They can afford the time and the books.

– Irvine Welsh

I used to go to the gym regularly and swim an awful lot, but that was when I was unemployed and knew leisure intimately.

– Mark Gatiss

Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil.

– Branch Rickey

We see the sea as this place of leisure and this place, you know, a blue patch on the map to fly over because we all go by plane these days, mostly. And we don’t really see it as a place of industry anymore.

– Rose George

The only place where people in Manhattan walk for leisure is in the park.

– Christo

Do not mistake a crowd of big wage-earners for the leisure class.

– Clive Bell

There’s so much competition for leisure time, more than ever.

– Eric Fellner

Americans generally associate boats with leisure. Vastly less prosperous, Egyptians associate them with nothing but labour. Rowing a boat is something a fisherman is forced to do to make a living; how could such an activity bring me – a woman no less – pleasure?

– Rosemary Mahoney

When Culture Club broke up, I hadn’t been going out a lot because we’d been working all the time, so I suddenly had this period of leisure. And it was just around the time that the whole acid house thing kicked off in London.

– Boy George

How to use your leisure time is the biggest problem of a ballplayer.

– Branch Rickey

I’m really not a party person. I’m in the business of working with 100 people every day, so I don’t revel in meeting a roomful of people in my leisure time.

– Zubin Mehta

Leisure time is only leisure time when it is earned; otherwise, leisure time devolves into soul-killing lassitude. There’s a reason so many new retirees, freed from the treadmill of work, promptly keel over on the golf course: Work fulfills us. It keeps us going.

– Ben Shapiro

Companies have long gathered data to break down their customer base into specific segments. Now political parties have become adept at micro-targeting, too, using data on shopping habits, leisure activities, voting histories, charity donations, and so on, in order to pinpoint likely supporters and the type of appeal most likely to win them over.

– James Surowiecki