Play Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old play quotes, play sayings, and play proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Play is the beginning of knowledge.     


Never play anything the same way twice.     

Louis Armstrong

Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.     

Stuart Brown

Play needs direction as well as work.     

Elbert Hubbard

Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience.     

Johan Huizinga

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.     

Albert Einstein

Play becomes joy, joy becomes work, work becomes play.     

Johannes Itten

Play is the work of childhood.     

Jean Piaget

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.     


We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.     

George Bernard Shaw

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.     

Kay Redfield Jamison

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.     

Carl Jung

Play is the highest form of research.     

Albert Einstein

Play is the exultation of the possible.     

Martin Buber

It is better to play than do nothing.     


It is a happy talent to know how to play.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.     

Charles Schaefer

Don't play what's there, play what's not there.     

Miles Davis

Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children's lives, can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world where everyone is an equal and valued participant.     

Patricia G. Ramsey

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.     

Jawaharlal Nehru

Man's most serious activity is play.     

George Santayana

Life is more fun if you play games.     

Roald Dahl

Play is your route to mastery.     

Sara Genn

The quality of a play is the quality of its ideas.     

George Bernard Shaw

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.     

O. Fred Donaldson

Play is our brain's favourite way of learning.     

Diane Ackerman

When you work, work. When you play, play. Don't mix the two.     

Jim Rohn

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.     

Fred Rogers

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.     

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn't taste good.     

Lucia Capocchione