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Don Blanding

Play Quotes

"It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self."

D.W. Winnicott, British pediatrician
Previous Play Quotes

"Life must be lived as play."

Plato, Greek Philosopher

"The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery."

Erik H. Erikson, American Psychoanalyst

"I believe that those boys who take part in rough, hard play outside of school will not find any need for horse-play in school."

Theodore Roosevelt, American President

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn."

O. Fred Donaldson, American Martial Arts Master

"Play is training for the unexpected."

Marc Bekoff, American Biologist

"Culture arises and unfolds in and as play."

Johan Huizinga, Dutch Historian, 1872-1945

"The true object of all human life is play."

G.K. Chesterton, British Author, 1874-1936

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

Plato, Greek philosopher, 427-347 BCE

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

Heraclitus, Greek philosopher, 535-475 BCE

"Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation."

Frank Caplan, Contemporary American author

"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold."

Joseph Chilton Pearce, Contemporary American scholar

"Deep meaning lies often in childish play."

Johann Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, 1759-1805

"Do not…keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play."

Plato, Greeek Philosopher, 427-347 BCE

"Children need the freedom and time to play.
Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity."

Kay Redfield Jamison, American Professor of psychiatry

"Play keeps us fit physically and mentally."

Stuart Brown, M.D., American Psychiatrist

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."

Roger von Oech, American creativity guru

"Whoever wants to understand much must play much."

Gottfried Benn, German Physician, (1886-1956)

"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."

Diane Ackerman, American Author

"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning."

Fred Rogers

"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play."

Abraham Maslow, American Psychologist

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.”

Ovid, Roman poet

“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.”

Abraham Maslow, American psychologist

"Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation."

Stuart Brown, M.D., Contemporary American psychiatrist

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