50 Quotes About The Power of Play

Here are 50 quotes about the power of play.

Alvin Bonds, II






1.  “Imaginative play can make for a happy childhood.” – Jerome Singer

2.  “We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget he is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher

3.  “Children need someone to reassure them that play – their own, unique, imaginative play – is something to be valued.” – Fred Rogers

4.  “A solitary fantasy can transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

5.  “You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” – Warren Beatty

6.  “Play provides a continuation desire. We desire to keep doing it, and the pleasure of the experience drives that desire. We find ways to keep it going.” – Stuart Brown

7. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

8.  “When you’re free, you can play and when you’re playing, you become free.” – Heidi Kaduson

9.  “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after growing up.” – Pablo Picasso

Alvin Bonds, II10. “Play is a child’s work and this is not a trivial pursuit.” – Alfred Adler

11. Child’s play is not mere sport. It’s full of meaning & serious impact. Cherish it and encourage it.” – F.W. A. Froebel

12. “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

13. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. “The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” – Pablo Casals

15. “Play is basic to all normal and healthy children. It provides pleasure and learning and a minimum of risks and penalties for mistakes.” – Frank Caplan

16. “Play is the beginning of knowledge.” – George Dorsey

17. “Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.” – Virginia Axline

Alvin Bonds, II18. “I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things…I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

19. “Play, intrinsically rewarding, doesn’t cost anything; as soon as you put a price on it, it becomes, to some extent, not play.” – Stephen Nachmanovitch

20. “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

21. “Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation.” – Frank Capra

22. “Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties.” – Terri Guillemets

23. “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment.” – Brené Brown

24. “What we play is life.” – Louis Armstrong

Alvin Bonds, II25. “Fish swim, birds fly, children play.” – Dr. Gary Landreth

26. “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

27. “When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.”  – Fred Rogers

28. “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”  – Fred Rogers

29. “Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.”  – Virigina Axline

Alvin Bonds, II30. “We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.”  – Robert Coles

31. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung

32. “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, MD

33. “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson

34. “As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past. As weather reporters and restaurant workers they make sense of reality; as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.” – Gretchen Owocki

Alvin Bonds, II35. “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

36. “Culture arises and unfolds in and as play.”  – Johan Huizinga

37. “Play allows us to develop alternatives to violence and despair; it helps us learn perseverance and gain optimism.”  – Stuart Brown MD

38. “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

39. “The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.”  – Carl Jung

40. “The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” – Erik H. Erikson

41. “Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.”  – Henri Matisse

42. “Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” –  Abraham Maslow

43. “It’s better to play than do nothing.” – Confucious

44. “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” – Diane Ackerman

45. “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” – Heraclitus

46. “The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” – G. K. Chesterton

47. “Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.” – Stuart Brown, MD

48. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

49. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

50. “Play is the exultation of the possible.” – Martin Bube

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