Quotes of Diversion

“ If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, and to work, and to play, and to look up at the stars and sun. ”

- Henry Van Dyke

“ The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ I play in the low eighties. If it's any hotter than that, I won't play. ”

- Joe E. Lewis

“ At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year. ”

- Thomas Tusser

“ Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully. ”

- Scott Alexander

“ Oh, how cruelly sweet are the echoes that start when memory plays an old tune on the heart! ”

- Eliza Cook

“ There are a lot of empty seats that are about to be filled with corporatists surrounded by corporate hospitality suites funded by $13 million of taxpayers money. That's a pretty sickly witches' brew for a private convention where corporations have poured $100 million into it… ”

- Ralph Nader

“ Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory. ”

- Joseph Conrad

“ While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win… channel your energy. Focus. ”

- Carl Lewis

“ Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety.". ”

- Francis Quarles

“ A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth. ”

- Edward Albee

“ When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her. ”

- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

“ When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, it's called ferocity. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ I cannot believe that God plays dice with the cosmos. ”

- Albert Einstein

“ The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower your class. ”

- Paul Fussell

“ By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd,The sports of children satisfy the child. ”

- Oliver Goldsmith

“ For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn? ”

- Jane Austen

“ In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple. ”

- J. M. Synge

“ I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part. ”

- Nadia Boulanger

“ It's been very important throughout my career that I've met all the guys I've copied, because at each stage they've said, "Don't play like me, play like you.". ”

- Eric Clapton

“ I can't think of anyone who knew how to play comedy better than Ronnie Barker and I count myself enormously fortunate to have known and worked with him. ”

- Michael Palin

“ Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today. ”

- Thomas Gray

“ If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. ”

- Albert Einstein

“ Follow pleasure, and then will pleasure flee, Flee pleasure, and pleasure will follow thee. ”

- John Heywood

“ The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top. ”

- Pete Dye

“ I have a lot of memories, but I don't go into capitalizing on that. Something's got to be my own. I'm not doing the record to sit here and broadcast my memories of my father. ”

- Lisa Marie Presley
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