Play: It is an an activity which
proceeds within certain limits of time and space, in a visible order, according
to rules freely accepted, and outside the sphere of necessity or material
utility. The play-mood is one of rapture and enthusiasm, and is sacred or
festive in accordance with the occasion. A feeling of exaltation and
tension accompanies the action."
- Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens
"In rare moments of deep play, we can lay
aside our sense of self, shed time's continuum, ignore pain, and sit quietly in
the absolute present, watching the world's ordinary miracles. No mind or heart
hobbles. No analyzing or explaining. No questing for logic. No promises. No
goals. No relationships. No worry. One is completely open to whatever drama may
- Diane Ackerman in Deep Play
Deep Play By Diane Ackerman. New York, Random House, 1999. Index, 235 pages. ISBN: 0679448799.
Gardeners must dance with feedback, play with results, turn as they learn.
Some gardeners don't grow old and stop playing; they stop playing and grow old.
Nature's playfulness is a gardener's delight.
A garden is a sporting field, an area for play."
- Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions
"To play is to listen to the imperative inner force that wants to take form and be acted out without reason. It is the joyful, spontaneous expression of one's self. The inner force materializes the feeling and perception without planning or effort. That is what play is."
- Michelle Cassou and Stewart Cubley in Life, Paint and Passion
"Play exists for its own sake. Play is for the moment; it is not hurried, even when the pace is fast and timing seems important. When we play, we also celebrate holy uselessness. Like the calf frolicking in the meadow, we need no pretense or excuses. Work is productive; play, in its disinterestedness and self-forgetting, can be fruitful."
- Margaret Guenther in Toward Holy Ground
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture By Johan Huizinga. Beacon Press, 1971. 240 pages. ISBN: 978-0807046814. VSCL.
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul By Stuart Brown, M.D.. Avery Trade, 2010. 240 pages. ISBN: 978-1583333785.