A man can never be idle with safety and advantage until he has been so trained by work that he makes his freedom from times and tasks more fruitful than his toil has been.
~Hamilton Wright Mabie
We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.
Leisure only means a chance to do other jobs that demand attention.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
The real problem of leisure time is how to keep others from using yours.
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
~Henry David Thoreau
Any notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men's taste and capacity to live it, has disappeared. Leisure [has become] entertainment.
~Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind, 1987
Leisure: A fancy word for people who don't want to admit they're bored.
If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul.
~Logan P. Smith
I would not exchange my leisure hours for all the wealth in the world.
~Comte de Mirabeau
Leisure tends to corrupt, and absolute leisure corrupts absolutely.
~Edgar A. Shoaff
We seldom enjoy leisure we haven't earned.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.