Employ your times in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.
— Ursula Le Guin
A house without books is like a room without windows.
— Horace Mann
Poetry, biographies and all the other great books will greatly enrich your life.
— John Wooden
Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens: bask in their beauty, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh. And when your soul be weary, change from garden to garden, and from prospect to prospect.
— Ibn Tibbon
It is the unoccupied space which makes a room habitable, as it is our leisure hours which make life endurable.
— Lin Yutang
The real problem of your leisure is how to keep others from using it.
You were intended not only to work, but to rest, laugh, play and have proper leisure and enjoyment. To develop an all-around personality you must have interest outside of your regular vocation that will serve to balance your business responsibilities.
— Grenville Kleiser
There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Besides baseball, I’ve always been involved in leisure sports. I’ve always felt there is a great deal to be gained in playing them. It’s a great release. It’s fun. It’s exercise. It’s a good way to get away from stress. Everybody should have a release, something to clear the mind and a way to find a little enjoyment and peace.
— Yogi Berra
God gave us the Sabbath to protect us from overload. He designed it as a day to restore us – spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.
— Steve and Mary Farrar
The longer I live the more highly do I estimate the Christian Sabbath, and the more grateful do I feel to those who impress its importance on the community.
— Daniel Webster
On the Sabbath we do nothing to create our own way. We abstain from work, and our incessant need to produce and accomplish, from all the anxieties about how we can be successful in all that we have to do to get ahead. The result is that we let God be God in our lives.
— Marva Dawn
The Sabbath is God’s present to the working man, and one of its chief objects is to prolong his life. The savings bank of human existence is the weekly Sabbath.
— William Blaikie
The meaning of Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation.
— Abraham Heschel
Worry makes for a hard pillow. When something’s troubling you, before going to sleep, jot down three things you can do the next day to help solve the problem.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.
— Sir John Lubbock
Throughout my life, I have always had the ability to concentrate on what has to be done and not worry about things I can’t do anything about.
— Joe Paterno
Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious, because He was not out to realize His own ideas; He was out to realize God’s.
— Oswald Chambers
I may be a strange animal but I don’t worry. Whenever I make a decision, I start out recognizing there’s a strong likelihood I’m going to be wrong. All I can do is the best I can. To worry puts obstacles in the way of clear thinking.
— Fletcher Byrom
It is pleasing to God whenever you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
— Martin Luther
To enhance my performance, I laugh a lot. I think laughter is the best remedy for everything.
— Tracia Byrnes
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Trouble knocked at the door, but hearing a laugh within, hurried away.
— Benjamin Franklin
Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.
— Red Skelton
A small period of solitude each day is remarkably healing.
Think about a treat that you haven’t had in a while – one so delicious that just thinking about it makes you smile. Today, don’t settle for any substitutes or next-best things. Take a vacation from all things practical, and go find exactly what you want.
— Suzanne Zoglio
Sleep is the best doctor.
— Yiddish proverb
If someone tells me, “I’m working 90 hours a week,” I say, “You’re doing something terribly wrong. I go skiing on the weekend. I go out with my buddies on Friday. You’ve got to do the same or you’ve got a bad deal. Put down a list of the things you’re doing that make you work 90 hours, and ten of them have to be nonsense, or else somebody else has got to do them for you.”
— Jack Welch
You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.
— Henry Drummond
Oh, the great joy there is in helping others, perhaps the greatest joy. You cannot have a perfect day without helping others with no thought of getting something in return.
— John Wooden
To devote a portion of one’s leisure to doing something for someone else is one of the highest forms of recreation.
— Gerald Fitzgerald
To give help when it is asked for is friendship. To give appropriate help before it is asked for is love.
— Dr. Theodore Rubin
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
— St. Francis of Assisi