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I'm sure civilizations will still evolve through play, or rather as play, since that seems to be a fundamental mechanism of our humanity. (Diane Ackerman)

Paintings become the playground of mixtures and solutions coming together to daydream about the soul... (Carlos Rodriguez Amadeo)

I don't have a favorite place to play. (Keren Ann)

Let us move together playfully / Children once and now again / Renewed to love the mother / Earth her moon and sun... (Tony Anony)

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

What we play is life. (Louis Armstrong)

Universal thinking as a framework, is a context, which considers Self as a fearless and transparent energy-being in a constant state of playful creativity and expansion. (Philippe Benichou)

Whoever wants to understand much must play much. (Gottfried Benn)

The infinitely subtle play among themselves of the smallest number of irreproachable brush strokes, varying in value, in width, in hasty rhythmic movement, or in perfect repose; the hinted mastery of fully extended means, from which with rare reticence just the few units essential to the theme were chosen. (Vernon Blake)

Creative vision contains a playful quality. (John Briggs)

Play is the exultation of the possible. (Martin Buber)

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 Buscaglia)

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 Capacchione)

Play Art has the makings of an important movement and promises to have a significant impact on our society. (Leo Castelli)

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. (Miguel de Cervantes)

Playing as children means playing is the most serious thing in the world. (G. K. Chesterton)

The very essence of playfulness is an openness to anything that may happen, the feeling that whatever happens, it's okay... you're either free to play, or you're not. (John Cleese)

Always play tennis with someone who plays better than you. (Susan Connelly)

I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more. Chess is much purer than art in its social position. (Marcel Duchamp)

To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition. (Albert Einstein)

Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought. (Albert Einstein)

-What Painting Is...
It is the fertile hallucination that makes paint so compelling. Paint is like the numerologist's numbers, always counting but never adding up, always speaking but never saying anything rational, always playing at being abstract but never leaving the clotted body. (James Elkins)

It is a happy talent to know how to play. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Get in the studio and play. Put on some fabulous music and tell yourself you 'get' to paint. It is amazing how our mind shifts when we change that little word 'got' to 'get'... change your 'o' to an 'e'... it works every time. (Gwen Fox)

Only where love and need are one, / And the work is play for mortal stakes, / Is the deed ever really done... (Robert Frost)

Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It's crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it? (Frank Gehry)

In art, everyone who plays wins. (Robert Genn)

Play is your route to mastery. (Sara Genn)

Ludere ludum- Play the game. (Kjerkius Gennius, 36BC)

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. (Kahlil Gibran)

You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play. (Nikki Giovanni)

Playful arising is authorized by both risk and trust in the process and in oneself. To be truly playful and improvisational one must not look for results. (Josh Goldberg)

A person might be able to play without being creative, but he sure can't be creative without playing. (Kurt Hanks)

The human urge to create comes from the play impulse. (Carla Hannaford)

Paul Klee seems to handle colors and dreams as if they both came out of a box of children's toys. He plays and dreams with whatever he finds. (Jean Helion)

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. (Heraclitus)

To play golf well, there has to be an element of getting out of one's own way. Painting is very much the same thing. (Quang Ho)

People tend to forget that play is serious. (David Hockney)

Children smile 400 times a day... adults 15 times. Children laugh 150 times a day... adults 6 times per day. Children play 4-6 hours a day... adults only 20 minutes a day. What's happened? (Robert Holden)

We tend to think of the Faustian man, the one who fabricates, manipulates, seduces and ends up destroying. But the new image will be man the creator, the artist, the player. (Jean Houston)

Culture arises and unfolds in and as play... culture itself bears the character of play. (Johan Huizinga)

Play becomes joy, joy becomes work, work becomes play. (Johannes Itten)

We are all children, learning and playing, sharing and being amazed. (Melissa Jean)

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. (Carl Gustav Jung)

The dynamic principle of fantasy is play, which belongs also to the child, and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. (Carl Gustav Jung)

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Play will be to the 21st century what work was to the last 300 years of industrial society – our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value. (Pat Kane)

Damn everything but the circus. (Corita Kent)

I never practice; I always play. (Wanda Landowska)

My toy was my piano. (Alicia de Larrocha)

In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. (George B. Leonard)

Your work isn't a high stakes, nail-biting professional challenge. It's a form of play. Lighten up and have fun with it. (Sol LeWitt)

All scientific knowledge to which man owes his role as master of the world arose from playful activities. (Konrad Lorenz)

When God created the world he was playing. (Ernst Lurker)

Play requires skill and discipline to prevent its deterioration into something else. Therefore it is justified to speak of the art of playing. (Ernst Lurker)

It is the intention of Play Artists that their work be touched, influenced, and experienced; these are works that demand to be manipulated, rearranged, or set into motion. (Ernst Lurker)

Play Art represents a rare paradigm shift in art. It is not just another art form like pop art or minimalism, but a radical departure into a new realm. For the first time we are dealing with the unprecedented complicity of the beholder. (Ernst Lurker)

One will only be free when one plays and one's society will become a piece of art. (Herbert Marcuse)

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. (Abraham Maslow)

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. (Henri Matisse)

Almost childlike, I jump inside and get ready to go out and play. The gate is being opened and I'm safe to be just as I am. (Kelly McArthur)

The artist must ever play and experiment with new means of arranging experience, even though the majority of his audience may prefer to remain fixed in their old perceptual attitudes. (Marshall McLuhan)

We have forgotten how to play – getting our idea of play mixed up with competitiveness and passive enjoyment. (Mari Messer)

Never stop playing. Keep learning new stuff. Change your belief system - often. (Damar Minyak)

I love to paint completely for myself. I call it my experimental work when I just need to play with my materials and not worry about the market. This is where the child-like artist takes over and allows the artist to just have fun. There is a no risk factor. (Adrienne Moore)

In every man there is a hidden child which is called the urge to create and he prefers as play things and serious things not the miniature ships, recreated in the minutest detail, but the walnutshell with a bird feather as mast and sail and a pebble as the captain. (Christian Morgenstern)

The hidden child wants to be able to participate and to co-create in art, rather than being simply an admiring viewer. For this 'child in man' is the immortal creator within him. (Christian Morgenstern)

The world becomes an apparently infinite, yet possibly finite, card game. Image combinations, permutations, comprise the world game. (Jim Morrison)

Surely all God's people, however serious or savage, great or small, like to play. (John Muir)

Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

In the true man there is a child concealed who wants to play. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. (Roger von Oech)

The moment you start seeing life as non-serious, a playfulness, all the burden on your heart disappears. All the fear of death, of life, of love - everything disappears. (Osho)

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. (Joseph Chilton Pearce)

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)

-to Oprah...
One aspect of play is the importance of laughter, which has physiological and psychological benefits. Did you know that there are thousands of laughter clubs around the world? People get together and laugh for no reason at all! (Daniel H. Pink)

And yet the artist will go on with his work without knowing in some way if any of his representations are sound or unsound. The artist knows nothing worth mentioning about the subjects he represents, and that art is a form of play, not to be taken seriously. (Plato)

It is undeniable that the pioneers of the Dada movement and, perhaps more than anyone else, Marcel Duchamp succeeded in introducing the notion of play into the activity of the avant-garde in no uncertain fashion. (Frank Popper)

If little else, the brain is an educational toy. (Tom Robbins)

When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all. (Theodore Roosevelt)

Playfulness is as difficult to learn as learning to paint. (Rick Rotante)

To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well. (George Santayana)

Play more than one game at a time. This is a painless way to learn how to do many things at once. (Marilyn vos Savant)

Deep meaning lie oft in childish play. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

By allowing my creative spirit to play, I honor the authentic 'me' and stay sane in the process. (Rene Seigh)

I believe that all creativity and consciousness is born in the quality of play, as opposed to work, in the quickened intuitional spontaneity that I see as a constant through all my own existences, and in the experience of those I know. (Seth)

-on painting a portrait of Bill Clinton...
There are times when I love to play all kinds of complicated games in painting. But this is one case when I need to be fairly straightforward. I'll just try to paint the man, his intelligence, his amiability and his stature, maybe paint him fairly close to humor and try to get it just right. (Nelson Shanks)

One can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious. (Susan Sontag)

It is my opinion that the 21st century will be the century of play, and the heteroglossic activity of artists in the 20th century has been the forecast. (Brian Sutton-Smith)

Toys are the greatest inspiration for me. People never really grow up. They just get bigger adult bodies. And they really want to continue to play. My inspiration comes from the work of many, many anonymous folk artists. (Doug Taylor)

Ask the child within to come out and play and you will meet with your genius. (Robert R. Toth)

-Life on the Mississippi...
When I'm playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales. I scratch my head with the lightning and purr myself to sleep with the thunder. (Mark Twain)

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing. (Author unknown)

I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

If God doesn't roll the dice, then he is certainly playing! (Fred Voss)

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

Remember play why think feel see fly free... that part of childhood you should keep intact. (Connie Watts)

Geez, I just played cricket because I loved the game. I never thought about it much, never really had any formal coaching. (Steve Waugh)

If you deny yourself access to the child within because you're too serious, you also block your connection to the divine Light and your feminine self. Every creator who's any good uses their feminine side to create with.. Whether a scientist working on a hunch, a painter working on the interplay of colors, or a musician dealing with the juxtaposition of notes and chords. (Stuart Wilde)

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)


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