50 Best Quotes about Playing

Play is the universal language of childhood and these 50 best quotes about playing celebrate and explore why p[ay is so absolutely appealing and so vitally important.

Play quotes

Play quotes are also lovely to write in a card to child or a new parent or to make a poster of for a classroom.

50 Best Quotes about Playing

  1. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato
  2. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
  3. “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
  4. “Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” – Abraham Maslow
  5. “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Fred Rogers
  6. “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” – Diane Ackerman
  7. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  8. “Life is more fun if you play games.” – Roald Dahl
  9. “Play is the work of childhood.” – Jean Piaget
  10. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung
  11. “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” – Kay Redfield Jamison
  12. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” – Proverb
  13. “To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.” – Vince Gowmon
  14. “A child loves their play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.” – Benjamin Spock
  15. “Play is the exultation of the possible.” – Martin Buber
  16. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce
  18. “In every real man, a child is hidden that wants to play.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  19. “The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” – Erik H. Erikson
  20. “Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” – Jean Piaget
  21. “The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.” – Plato
  22. “Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.” – Diane Ackerman
  23. “It’s play that makes people unafraid to fail and confident to try new things.” – Seth Godin
  24. “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  25. “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning.” – Mr. Rogers


Quotes about Playing

And here are some more quotes about playing

26. “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

  1. “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” – Heraclitus
  2. “Life must be lived as play.” – Plato
  3. “He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius
  4. “Play is the beginning of knowledge.” – George Dorsey
  5. “We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – Benjamin Franklin
  6. “We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” – Charles Schaefer
  7. “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson
  8. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
  10. “The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” – G.K. Chesterton
  11. “To play is to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” – Unknown
  12. “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce
  13. “Play is the beginning of knowledge.” – George Dorsey
  14. “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
  15. “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
  16. “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce
  17. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. Rodger Von Oech
  18. Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein
  19. Play is your child’s most natural form of expression. Unknown
  20. Play turns out to be stunningly essential in childhood it’s like love sunshine and broccoli all juiced together. Lenore Skenazy
  21. Play all day child then go play in your dream – Becky Goddard-Hill
  22. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives. Fred Rogers
  23. Play should always always come before work – even when you are 40! – Becky Goddard-Hill

 

And finally …. Quotes about Playing are enshrined in law

50. Article 31 states that countries must “recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. – UN convention on the rights of a child.

quotes on play don’t come more powerful than this do they?

 

Quotes about Playing

A poem about playing

What child doesn’t love to be pushed in a swing. I adore this sweet and simple poem by Robert Louis Stevenson that catches the sheer joy of play

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

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