76+ Best Play Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational play quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Play Quotes

Nature play is not another thing to shove into the crevices of an already overloaded schedule. A childhood built upon nature play is a different way to do childhood altogether. Ginny Yurich

 We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw

Young people, I want to beg of you always keep your eyes open to what Mother Nature has to teach you. By so doing you will learn many valuable things every day of your life. George Washington Carver

 My childhood may be over, but that doesn’t mean playtime is. Ron Olson

All children need nature. Not just the ones whose parents appreciate nature. Not only those children of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities. Every child. Richard Louv

 It’s better to play than do nothing. Confucious

Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls. Erin Kenny

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. Voltaire

When a child gives you a gift, even if it’s a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude. It may be the only the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you. Dean Jackson

 A person’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play. Frederic Nietsche

Their minds were not built to sit and be taught. They were built to explore, play, and learn. Layla Gordon Lu

Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties. Terri Guillemets

Children deserve to grow and learn in a place and alongside a force that is as wild and alive as they are. Nicolette Sowder

 Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there. Miles Davis

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything. Albert Einstein

 Play the game for more than you can afford to lose only then will you learn the game. Winston Churchill

 Whoever wants to understand much must play much. Gottfried Benn

Kids are born scientists. They’re born probing the natural world that surrounds them. They’ll lift up a rock. They’ll pick up a bug. They’ll pull petals off of a flower. They’ll ask you why the grass is green and the sky is blue, and they’ll experiment with breakable things indoors. I think the best thing a parent can do, when raising a child, is simply get out of their way.

 Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. Mark Twain

Times have changed, but children haven’t. Young kids are on the same evolutionary path they’ve always been on. It’s our expectations that are off. We’re trying to make children ready for the next stage of life before natural development allows them to be ready. Heather Shumaker

 Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. C.S. Lewis

Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to sustain instinctive connections they already carry. Terry Krautwurst

 I want to giggle myself to sleep each night and jump on the fluffy, comforting pillows of faith. Terri Guillemets

Children more than ever need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world  jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping, and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge. David Sobel

 There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago. J. Robert Oppenheimer

Time in nature is not a luxury. It is a necessity. And we must give our children time to explore, discover, and get to know the world, which brings endless delights and lessons that never cease. Ainsley Arment

 When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all. Theodore Roosevelt

Your kids will remember the adventures you went on, not the stuff you bought them. Kids outgrow stuff; they never outgrow adventures.

Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions. Mark Twain

As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen. A.A. Milne

You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play. Warren Beatty

No, we don’t need more sleep. It’s our souls that are tired, not our bodies. We need nature. We need magic. We need adventure. We need freedom. We need truth. We need stillness. We don’t need more sleep, we need to wake up and live. Brooke Hampton

 The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. G. K. Chesterton

Bad weather looks worse through a window. Tom Lehrer

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

Encouraging a child to go outside in all weather builds resilience, but more importantly, it saves them from spending their lives merely tolerating the bad days in favor of a handful of good ones  a life of endless expectations and conditions where happiness hinges on sunshine. Nicolette Sowder

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

If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but the same amount of snow.

 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 Watson, Sr.

The human spirit needs a place where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.

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

The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth. Chief Seattle

 And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran

I always defined geology as not only understanding earth but understanding our place on earth. Lauret Savoy

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. Henry Van Dyke

When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. Alexander Den Heijer 

 Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. Mark Twain

The word ecology is derived from the Greek oikos, the word for home.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Proverb

Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. Walt Whitman

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.  Albert Einstein

In nature, nothing is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they’re still beautiful. Alice Walker

 Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. Kay Redfield Jamison

You are made from the same energy source that has created the oceans, the forests, the mountains, the valleys, and the stars in the sky.

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn. O. Fred Donaldson

The things he sees are not just remembered; the form a part of his soul. Maria Montessori

Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.  Stuart Brown, MD

May your search through nature lead you to yourself.

 In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. Friedrich Nietzsche

Even the tiniest of flowers can have the toughest of roots. Shannon Mullen

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

Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves. Stephen Moss

There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lies happiness. Gelett Burgess

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. Thich Nhat Hanh

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay. Brian Aldiss

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. Henry David Thoreau

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

The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Play, intrinsically rewarding, doesn’t cost anything; as soon as you put a price on it, it becomes, to some extent, not play. Stephen Nachmanovitch

All good things are wild and free. Henry David Thoreau

Play provides a continuation desire. We desire to keep doing it, and the pleasure of the experience drives that desire. We find ways to keep it going.  Stuart Brown

Encourage your child to have muddy, grassy, or sandy feet by the end of each day; that’s the childhood they deserve. Penny Whitehouse

 Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation. Frank Capra

We are all meant to be naturalists, each with his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things. Charlotte Mason

At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy, and your eyes sparkling.