25 Play Quotes about the importance of play in children’s lives.

  1. “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce
  2. “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 F. Buscaglia
  3. “Play is the exultation of the possible.” -Martin Buber
  4. “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
  5. “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” -Mark Twain
  6. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw
  7. “Play is the beginning of knowledge.” -George Dorsey
  8. “Play is so integral to childhood that a child who does not have the opportunities to play is cut off from a major portion of childhood.” -Musselwhite
  9. “Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.” -Roger von Oech
  10. “We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” -Charles Schaefer
  11. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” -Diane Ackerman
  13. “Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” –  Abraham Maslow
  14. “Whoever wants to understand much must play much.” -Gottfried Benn
  15. “The true object of all human life is play.” -G. K. Chesterton
  16. “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Mr. Rogers
  17. “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison
  18. “Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” -Plato
  19. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” -Carl Jung
  20. “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson
  21. “The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.” Brian Sutton-Smith
  22. “Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.” -Stuart Brown, MD
  23. “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  24. “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
  25. “The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” -Erik H. Erikson


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