25 Quotes about the Importance of PLAY

images-4Albert Einstein said, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." He also stated that "

“Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.”

The gift of imaginative free play has been getting the short end of the stick for some time. In a post that I wrote recently, I made a point to clarify that play does not exclude learning.  Play is the essence of learning and we have the research to back it up. Instead of yet another examination that touts the benefits of play I googled quotes that included Play & Learning. This is a list of my favorites, we need to get this concept back into circulation with the mainstream that play is the highest form of learning! 20 Quotes about the Importance of PLAY, Please share if you agree:
  1. “Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.” -Stuart Brown, MD
  2. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw
  3. “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison
  4. “It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” -Leo F. Buscaglia
  5. “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Mr. Rogers
  6. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” -Carl Jung
  7. “Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” –  Abraham Maslow
  8. “Play is so integral to childhood that a child who does not have the opportunities to play is cut off from a major portion of childhood.” -Musselwhite
  9. “If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.” -Jean Piaget
  10. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. Voltaire
  12. Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. Joseph Chilton Pearce
  13. A person’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play. Friedrich Nietzsche
  14. “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” -Diane Ackerman
  15. “Whoever wants to understand much must play much.” -Gottfried Benn
  16. “The true object of all human life is play.” -G. K. Chesterton
  17. “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” - Kay Redfield Jamison
  18. “Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” -Plato
  19. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” -Carl Jung
  20. “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” - O. Fred Donaldson
  21. “The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.” Brian Sutton-Smith
  22. “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  23. “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” -Mark Twain
  24. You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play. Warren Beatty
  25. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran
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