Leisure Sayings and Quotes

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


Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain, the lazy one never.     

Benjamin Franklin

It's not a man's working hours that is important, it is how he spends his leisure time.     

Marilynne Robinson

If you are losing your leisure, look out! — It may be you are losing your soul.     

Virginia Woolf

Leisure is only possible when we are at one with ourselves. We tend to overwork as a means of self-escape, as a way of trying to justify our existence.     

Josef Pieper

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.     

Agnes Repplier

A life of leisure never satisfies anyone who possesses a lively mind.     

Kilroy J. Oldster

Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world.     

William Lyon Phelps

Work is external to the worker. . . . It is not part of his nature; consequently he does not fulfill himself in his work but denies himself. . . . The worker therefore feels himself at home only during his leisure time, whereas at work he feels homeless.     

Karl Marx

Organizing your leisure effectively is the highest level of civilization.     

Bertrand Russell

The real problem of leisure time is how to keep others from using yours.      

Arthur Lacey

Spend your leisure time in cultivating an ear attentive to discourse, for in this way you will find that you learn with ease what others have found out with difficulty.     

Isocrates

Work is only justified by leisure time. To admit the emptiness of leisure time is to admit the impossibility of life.     

Guy Debord

If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book.     

Henry David Thoreau

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.     

Bertrand Russel

The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts.     

Anonymous

In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.     

Ovid

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.     

Samuel Johnson

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.     

Benjamin Franklin

It is that unoccupied space which makes a room habitable, as it is our leisure hours which make life endurable.     

Lin Yutang

The end of labor is to gain leisure.     

Aristotle

Getting to know experienced people is the best leisure time you can have.     

Mahrukh Memon

Leisure isn't always relaxation and it's relaxation that counts.     

Marty Rubin

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.     

Benjamin Franklin

In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.     

Dalai Lama XIV

Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.     

George Allen

Leisure, some degree of it, is necessary to the health of every man's spirit.     

Harriet Martineau

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.     

Anonymous