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The twenty-first century will be the century of play
Brian Sutton-Smith
Culture arises and unfolds in and as play, ...
culture itself bears the character of play.
Johan Huizinga
Play is the highest form of research.
Albert Einstein
Play is a state of mind rather than an activity.
Stuart Brown
PlayArt Philosophy
Since all of culture and science are based on various forms of play, it behooves us to reexamine our negative
attitudes towards this subject. Unfortunately, we are still very much victims of a culture that stigmatized play as superfluous, infantile and frivolous, a leftover of the puritan work ethic. It is the objective of PlayArt to adjust these erroneous attitudes, thereby liberating creativity and the joy of life.
Play is also often deemed too trivial and unworthy to be a subject of art. Obviously we are dealing with another outmoded misconception. Consider the art of the Middle Ages, when religious subjects alone were worthy of depiction. Secular subjects, which are the norm today, were taboo at that time. We call this progressive liberalization from old taboos the “secularization of art,” and PlayArt is simply a continuation of this process.
For many years, artists have been dissatisfied with the distance that exists between museum pieces and the
viewer. PlayArt is the inevitable solution to that problem.

Collection of Quotations (210)
Throughout history many prominent thinkers have defended the cultural, spiritual and practical significance of play against prevailing negative attitudes. Yet curiously, society at large remains at odds with these ideas. PlayArt, we hope, is destined to shift those attitudes in a more positive direction. What follows is a selection of relevant quotations by distinguished authors, philosophers, scientists and artists.
Play and Life
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, singing and dancing.
Friedrich Schiller
Man plays only when he is in the full sense of the word a man,
and he is only wholly Man when he is playing.
Friedrich Schiller
Friedrich Nietzsche
In the true man there is a child concealed who wants to play.
Friedrich Nietzsche
As people grow up, they cease to play,
and they seem to give up the yield of pleasure,
which they gain from playing.
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
George Bernard Shaw
We do not stop playing because we are old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw
What we play is life.
Louis Armstrong
To be playful is not to be trivial or frivolous,
or to act as though nothing of consequence will happen.
James P. Carse
George Santayana
Man's most serious activity is play.
George Santayana
David Hockney
People tend to forget that play is serious.
David Hockney
Intellectual play, like play of childhood, is serious business.
Kay Redfield Jamison
To be playful and serious at the same time is possible,
in fact it defines the ideal mental condition.
John Dewey
Play is a serious matter:
in playing we perceive and learn probingly to comprehend.
If we play, discovery and invention will be our joyful companions.
Peer Clahsen
In our rapidly changing culture,
adults probably require play as much as children do
in order to cope with and adapt to these incessant qualitative changes.
Frank Oppenheimer
Frank Oppenheimer
In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play
than in a year of conversation.
Charles Baudelaire
Life has only one real charm, which is play.
Charles Baudelaire
Animals have a play instinct that seems to alternate with their survival instincts.
Only when survival is taken care of is there room for play.
Ernst Lurker
Ernst Lurker
Johan Huizinga
Play. It is 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
The thinkers one likes most are very playful.
Oliver Sacks
Diane Ackerman
For humans, play is a refuge from ordinary life, a sanctuary of the mind,
where one is exempt from life’s customs, methods, and decrees.
Diane Ackerman
The secret of success in many human activities is to see them as play.
Augusto Grillo
Without play – without the child that still lives in all of us –we will always be incomplete. And not only physically, but creatively, intellectually, and spiritually as well.
George Sheehan
Play is the exultation of the possible.
Martin Buber
We must encourage what is best – and what is most human within ourselves.
I believe that one of the most effective ways to foster that special part of us is through play.
Ivan Moscovich
We are never more human than at play,
and no activity is so human as play.
Friedrich Schiller
Deep meaning lies often in childish play.
Friedrich Schiller
When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.
Brian Aldiss
Play and a playful mindset create joy and enthusiasm,
without which all arts and sciences would be empty.
Kunihiko Kasahara
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 Capacchione
When you are playful, you are activating the right side of your brain.
The logical brain is a limited brain.
The right side is unlimited.
You can be anything you want.
Madan Kataria
Is it any wonder that often the times we feel most alive,
those that make up our best memories, are moments of play?
Stuart Brown
Stuart Brown
Play and Happiness
Mary Alice Long
Mary Alice Long
The ability to play is critical not only to being happy,
but also to sustaining social relationships and being a creative,
innovative person.
Stuart Brown
The beneficial effects of getting just a little true play can spread through our lives,
actually making us more productive and happier in everything we do.
Stuart Brown
Play and happiness are one and the same, because they have the very same source.
That source is a state of mind that can be both lost and found again.
Stephen Scalese
It should be pretty obvious that the animating spark of play
is the fast track to happiness.
Joe Robinson
The only truly happy people are children and the creative minority.
Jean Caldwell
Play and Work
George Sheehan
Exercise that is work is worthless.
But exercise that is play will give you health and long life.
George Sheehan
Parents should play much more with their children.
Because people who can't play can't be much good at their work either.
Boy (11)
Play, you see, can be more difficult than work,
and no easy task for an adult.
George Sheehan
We have forgotten how to play –
getting our idea of play mixed up with competitiveness and passive enjoyment.
Mari Messer
To the art of working well
a civilized race would add the art of playing well.
George Santayana
That's part of what I want to do - make work play.
Any work can be conceived as play.
George Rhoads
George Rhoads
Mark Twain
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing
under differing conditions.
Mark Twain
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
Arnold Toynbee
Ironically, many professional athletes aren’t really playing, but working.
Diane Ackerman
Sport is not an escape from the world of work - but rather an exact structural and functional parallel...
It seduces the luckless athlete and spectator into a second world of work
more authoritarian and repressive and less meaningful.
A. Guttman
We can scarcely conceive of minds more serious than Leonardo and Michelangelo.
And yet the whole mental attitude of the Renaissance was one of play...
The 19th century (the Industrial Revolution) seems to leave little room for play.
Work and production became the ideal, and then the idol, of the age.
Johan Huizinga
The great Leonardo continued to play as a child throughout his adult life
thus baffling his contemporaries.
Sigmund Freud
The expenditure of physical and psychic energy and the commitment given to play are extraordinary,
even if no-one is bothered by this effort as one would be were the same energy devoted to work.
Augusto Grillo
The opposite of play is not work. It's depression.
Brian Sutton-Smith
Brian Sutton-Smith
Daniel Pink
Play is emerging from the shadows of frivolousness and assuming a place in the spotlight.
Homo Ludens (Man the Player) is proving to be as effective as Homo Sapiens (Man the Knower)
in getting the job done.
Daniel Pink
More than fifty European companies –
including less-than-zany firms such as Nokia, Daimler-Chrysler, and Alcatel –
have brought in consultants in "Serious Play,"
a technique that uses Lego blocks to train corporate executives.
Daniel Pink
Play is what I do for a living;
the work comes in evaluating the results of the play. Mac MacDougall
Creative work is play.
It is free speculation using the materials of one’s chosen form. Stephen Nachmanovitch
Play and Freedom
Play reveals the great freedom of the spirit.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Play possesses a quality of freedom denied in everyday life.
Johan Huizinga
One will only be free when one plays
and one's society will become a piece of art.
Herbert Marcuse
Herbert Marcuse
We play gladly and think gladly because in these activities we feel ourselves masters of the situation: The space of play and the space of thought are the two theaters of freedom.
Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
Suppressing the play instinct encourages frustration,
resentment and twisted interests and can transmute into violent demands for freedom.
Thomas Brett
Art and play have as their hallmark freedom of choice, and that includes choosing new ways to use familiar materials and ideas.
Diane Ackerman
Play and Culture
For many years the conviction has grown upon me that civilization arises and unfolds in and as play...
Culture itself bears the character of play.
Johan Huizinga
Every element of the human stage requires play.
We evolved through play.
Our culture thrives on play.
Courtship includes high theater, rituals, and ceremonies of play.
Ideas are playful reverberations of the mind.
Language is a playing with words until they can impersonate physical objects and abstract ideas.
Diane Ackerman
A play is called a play for a very important reason-
a play is play. Peter Brook
The Paleolithic hunters who painted the unsurpassed animal murals
on the ceiling of the cave at Altamira had only rudimentary tools.
Art is older than production for use, and play older than work.
Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments.
It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness,
and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities.
Eric Hoffer
All creative work is actually play,
but we don’t talk about it.
Clement Meadmore
Clement Meadmore
Play is a part of all cultures.
Man seems to use it to put himself and his limits to the test.
Augusto Grillo
In the museum world, the new type of activity-generating exhibit is extremely popular.
The activity is in essence play, yet we call it anything but play.
We use expressions such as interactive, hands-on, participatory and experiential.
Such systematic avoidance is a sure sign of a negative attitude towards play,
an insidious malaise that is pervasive in our culture.
Ernst Lurker
Life without play is a life without books,
without movies, art, music, jokes, dramatic stories.
Stuart Brown
Cultural experience begins with creative living,
first manifested in play.
D. W. Winnicott
Play and Art
Art is nothing other than the free play of the human spirit.
Friedrich Schiller
To keep one's art young, one must imitate young animals.
What do they do? They play.
Constantin Brancusi
Constantin Brancusi
Pablo Picasso
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist after he grows up.
Pablo Picasso
Niki de Saint-Phalle
Collaboration doesn't just happen because you want it to.
It is a magic gift and it was inscribed in our destinies.
We were helped by our love of play and by the very opposition of our two artistic worlds. Niki de Saint-Phalle (about her collaboration with Jean Tinguely)
It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance
which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-à-vis a work of art.
There is no doubt that the leaders of the creative artists of the last 50 years
concentrated their efforts mainly on eliminating that distance.
Hans-Georg Gadamer
I'm in favor of an art that does something other
than just sit on its ass in a museum.
Claes Oldenburg
Miguel Berrocal
Play is the key to my work.
Miguel Berrocal
Art, predicated on the play impulse,
lies beyond necessity in the realm of possibility.
Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean Tinguely
The relationship of art and play: play is art – consequently I play furiously.
Jean Tinguely
Play is one of the foundations of art. I did a series of air current wheels just for the fun of it, without thinking about art, and one day while looking at them they became art.
Robert Richenburg
1.Everything that makes life worthwhile is connected to play. It is one of the supreme joys of life.
2. Vivid colors are an expression of the joy of life; so play and color go hand in hand.
3. Who says that play and color belong to the world of the child?
Ernst Lurker
Today’s youth are probably more interested than ever in participating in cultural experiences,
more attuned to the idea that an aesthetic event can be –
maybe even should be – a two-way street.
Charles Isherwood
The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious.
Camp is playful, anti-serious.
Susan Sontag
Frank Gehry
When the artist and sculptors I know work, there’s a sort of free-play idea.
You try things; you experiment.
It is kind of naïve and childish, it’s like kids in a playpen.
Frank Gehry
What is more important to him: To transform toys into art,
or to render art itself into a big plaything?
Douglas Haskell (about Calder)
Alexander Calder
Play and Dada
It is undeniable that the pioneers of the Dada movement and,
perhaps more than anyone else,
Marcel Duchamp succeeded in introducing the notion of play
into the activity of the avant-garde in no uncertain fashion.
Frank Popper
In 1913, I had the happy idea to fasten a bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool
and watch it turn. To set the wheel turning was very soothing, very comforting,
a sort of opening of avenues on other things than material life of every day.
I liked the idea of having a bicycle wheel in my studio. Marcel Duchamp

(With these words he identifies exactly the fundamental difference between the play mode and the mode of ordinary life.)
Marcel Duchamp
Dadaists are anti-masses,
because mass culture destroys the play instinct and creativity.
Richard Huelsenbeck (a founder of Dada)
The middle class does not play.
Movement in the center of the herd is limited;
play is squeezed out.
Joel Lee Coleman
Dada was an experiment in play which rewrote the philosophy of Kant, Schiller, and Nietzsche;
the aesthetics of Wilde, Kandinsky, and Baudelaire;
and the mysticism of the Buddha, Kabbalah, Brahmana, and Tao.
Joel Lee Coleman
In a time of war,
Dada lauded play as the most cherished human activity.
Peter Watson
Zürich Dada was a true attempt to fulfill Nietzsche’s admonition to live artistically,
that is with play as the highest priority.
Joel Lee Coleman
While critics have always emphasized the playful elements of Dadaism –
the child, the trickster, the game of chance, wordplay –
they have shied away from naming them playful as such.
Joel Lee Coleman
Play and Creativity
In every man there is a hidden child which is called the urge to create
and he prefers as play things and serious things not the miniature ships,
recreated in the minutest detail,
but the walnut shell with a bird feather as mast
and sail and a pebble as the captain.
He also wants to be able to participate and to co-create in art,
rather than being simply an admiring viewer.
For this "child in man" is the immortal creator within him.
Christian Morgenstern
Albert Einstein
Combinatory play seems to be
the essential feature in productive thought.
Albert Einstein
Exuberant play creates a more energized and enriched environment
in which to imagine, discover, and make connections.
Kay Redfield Jamison
To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.
Albert Einstein
Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent
with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.
Henry Matisse
Henry Matisse
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced,
not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious,
but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
Tom Robbins
Carl Gustav Jung
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with objects it loves.
Carl Gustav Jung
Creative work is play.
It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form.
Stephen Nachmanovitch
Bill Gates
(Talking about his first computer) Like all kids we not only fooled around with our toys, we changed them. If you’ve ever watched a child with a cardboard carton and a box of crayons create a spaceship with cool control panels, or listened to their improvised rules, such as “Red cars can jump all others,” then you know that this impulse to make a toy do more is at the heart of innovative childhood play. It is also the essence of creativity.
Bill Gates
The dynamic principle of fantasy is play, which belongs also to the child,
and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work.
But without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
Carl Gustav Jung
It is this vaulting capacity of the imagination in play that is one of the most valuable traits of the human species.
It is this sort of play of the imagination, the challenge to "take a giant leap,"
that has been responsible for much of the invention and discovery,
the great ideas that have benefited humanity.
Ashley Montagu
Necessity may be the mother of invention,
but play is certainly the father.
Roger von Oech
Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.
Abraham Maslow
Abraham Maslow
Our endangered planet has caused many of us to become
environmentalists, conservationists, ecologists and global activists.
But one crucial factor is still ominously missing:
we also need to become "creativists".
Ernst Lurker
Progressive industrialization demands action without error. This prevents the innate playful creativity of humans.
Club of Rome
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams
Playing and giving are closely related;
they are the behavioral and transactional facets of the same impulse, the play-instinct.
They share an aristocratic disdain for results.
The player gets something out of playing; that's why he plays.
But the core reward is the experience.
Bob Black
Bertrand Russell
There are certain things that our age needs.
It needs, above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness.
Bertrand Russell
A healthy child's play also has the essential features of encounter,
and we know it is one of the important prototypes of adult creativity.
Rollo May
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
Jean Piaget
Arthur Schopenhauer
Every Child is in a way a genius,
and every genius is in a way a child.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Creativity represents a miraculous coming together
of the uninhibited energy of the child
with its apparent opposite and enemy,
the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
Norman Podhoretz
Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition.
It’s crucial to an artist.
If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it?
I think I learned that from the artists, from my grandmother,
from all the creative people I’ve spent time with over the years.
Frank Gehry
If we have given up our ability to play,
we will have lost the cutting edge of our creativity.
Peter London
Many discoveries are happy accidents of play.
Diane Ackerman
Play and creating are often indistinguishable from each other.
Elizabeth Stutz
Playing involves a childlike joy in the endeavor at hand,
irreverence for conventional procedure, purpose,
and the “rules of the game.”
Playfully challenging the limitations of science, an art, or a technology
just to see what happens is one of the most common ways
in which novel ideas are born.
Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Albert Einstein
Play and Science
Richard Feynman
I play with physics whenever I want to, without worrying about any importance whatsoever . . . just doing it for the fun of it. And before I knew it . . . I was “playing” – working really – and with the same old problems I loved so much . . .It was effortless. It was easy to play with these things. It was like uncorking a bottle. There was no importance to what I was doing, but ultimately there were diagrams and the whole business that I got the Nobel prize for came from piddling around with the wobbling plate.
Richard Feynman
All scientific knowledge to which man owes his role as master
of the world arose from playful activities.
Konrad Lorenz
Konrad Lorenz
The creative processes of inventors, scientists, and artists
often bear striking similarities,
including the manipulation of the physical world through play.
Robert Epstein
I thought of that while riding my bicycle.

(About his Theory of Relativity)

Albert Einstein
Einstein - Bike
The point is that playing with ideas is extremely exhilarating.
Not only philosophy but the emergence of new scientific ideas
is fueled by the enjoyment one obtains
from creating a new way to describe reality.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Nature rewards the enthusiastic and curious with excitement in the chase and the thrill of discovery,
rewards the intellectually playful with the exuberant pleasures of play.
Exuberance in science drives exploration and sustains the quest;
it brings its own Champagne to the discovery.
Kay Redfield Jamison
A great deal of my work is just playing with equations and seeing what they give.
Paul Dirac
The combination of curiosity and joy so characteristic of scientific work
calls to mind the galumphing quality of exuberant play:
watching, chasing an idea first up one path and then down another,
tussling with competitors, and flat-out exhilaration in the chase.
Creative science and play are fun;
they promise the unexpected.
Kay Redfield Jamison
Play and Learning
Whoever wants to understand much must play much.
Gottfried Benn
The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play
and the childlike desire for recognition
and to guide the child over to important fields for society.
Such a school demands from the teacher
that he be a kind of artist in his province.
Albert Einstein
Without play, there would be no Picasso.
Without play, there is no experimentation.
Experimentation is the quest for answers.
Paul Rand
Playing is experimentation with chance.
Friedrich Leopold Novalis
The essential of every invention is chance,
but most people are never met by this chance.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Playing with something means looking for the variant,
understanding what one has just done.
Jean Tinguely
Play teaches children to master the world.
Jean Piaget
Play therapy has become the main avenue for helping young children with their emotional difficulties.
Bruno Bettelheim
Play is the individual’s first experience of creativity.
This builds the constructive forces, social experience and wisdom needed throughout life.
This simple fundamental principle inherent in real play and creativity
is tremendously important and powerful.
Although this is recognized by many, it is rarely given scope to develop fully.
Mandy Barrow
I hear and I forget,
I see and I remember,
I do and I understand.
Children explore their environment through play.
In this process, the brain physically grows new neural pathways.
Interestingly, the brain can continue this generation at any age.
Richard Restak
In play we can find the roots of our adult capacities
to think creatively and flexibly,
to innovate, adapt, change. Ashley Montagu
Play is basic to all normal, healthy children.
It provides pleasure and learning and a minimum of risks and penalties for mistakes. Frank Caplan
The discovery of the educational possibilities of the play side of life
may be counted as one of the greatest discoveries of the present day.
It makes, I am convinced, the dawn of a new era in human education. L. P. Jacks
When family members play make-believe games together
the structure and contents of their play
expose covert layers of their emotional interrelations.
Observing and analyzing such games
is like mentally x-raying the family. Shlomo Ariel
Play is where the action is
and where you test your character out
against objects or opponents. Brian Sutton-Smith
Play is the imposition of the imagination on the fabric of the real world;
and can be achieved in terms of activity and manipulation of object and people
or through imaginary solutions which can be shared with others. Theresa Caplan
In play a child actively engages in an act of poetic creation
wherein he creates a world that is self-pleasing. Sigmund Freud
Symbolic play provides safe opportunities
for reenactment, rehearsal,
the practice needed to strengthen the child
and prepare him for dealing directly with traumatizing events. Beverly James
In play we can find the roots of our adult capacities
to think creatively and flexibly,
to innovate, adapt, change. Ashley Montagu
Symbolic play helps in the resolution of conflicts
and also in the compensation of unsatisfied needs. Jean Piaget
Play gives children the opportunity to search for
and experiment with alternative solutions to their problems. Jerome Singer
Play and Healing
Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.
Stuart Brown
Artist: Dan Colen
Color and play
improve medicine
Ernst Lurker
Ernst Lurker Medicine 01
Playing is such an important part of our healing process. Our spirit needs to frolic, so we can return to innocence.
Soo Young Lee
Mayo Clinic
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By Danielle P. Johnson, P.T.
Science has now established that play, having fun and feeling happy
has measurable effects on our health and well-being. Ernst Lurker
Playing is itself a therapy. D. W. Winnicott
When the clinician uses a playful therapy style, the child not only gets great benefit from the message that he is a fun kid to be with, but also learns play-skills that often need to be part of the treatment plan. Beverly James
When family members play make-believe games together the structure and contents of their play expose covert layers of their emotional interrelations. Observing and analyzing such games is like mentally x-raying the family. Shlomo Ariel
It is play that is universal, and that belongs to health. D. W. Winnicott
Play is nature’s way of dealing with stress for children as well as adults. David Elkind
Play therapy has become the main avenue for helping young children with their emotional difficulties. Bruno Bettelheim
Play and the Universe
Play is a phenomenon of nature and it directed the course of the world
from the beginning of times:
the formation of matter, its organization into living structures
as well as the social behavior of man.
Manfred Eigen
Manfred Eigen
God is a comedian playing to an audience
too afraid to laugh.
Creativity is... seeing something that doesn't exist already.
You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.
Michele Shea
It is interesting that Hindus, when they speak of the creation of the universe, do not call it the work of God, they call it the play of God, the Vishnu-lila, lila meaning "play." And they look upon the whole manifestation of all the universes as a play, as a sport, as a kind of dance — lila perhaps being somewhat related to our word lilt.
Alan Watts
I, God, am your playmate! I will lead the child in you in wonderful ways, for I have chosen you.
Mechthild of Magdeburg
Play is everywhere.
And I mean that literally –
play may operate at all levels,
from the smallest cellular interaction to the far reaches of the universe.
Stuart Brown
Did you know, throughout the cosmos they found intelligent life forms that play to play? We are the only ones that play to win. Explains why we have more than our share of losers. Jane Wagner
Through play reality loses its seriousness. Friedrich Schiller
Play and Enlightenment
Life is a game.
In order to have a game
something has to be more important than something else.
If what already is,
is more important than what isn't, the game is over.
So life is a game in which what isn't,
is more important than what is.
Let the good times roll.
Werner Erhard
What isn't play of all our activities here on earth?
No matter how great or profound it may be!
We always play, and he who knows this is wise.
Arthur Schnitzler
The only difference between a wise man and a fool
is that the wise man knows he's playing.
Fritz Perls
The transcendental state of enlightenment is very much akin to the playful attitude.
With it, we keep things in perspective and we maintain a sense of humor;
without it, we get bogged down by our problems and our daily struggle for existence.
Ernst Lurker
Play is a happy activity,
which begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Frank and Theresa Caplan
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man is happiest when he is creating.
In fact, the highest state of which man is capable lies in the creative act.
Leo Buscaglia
The world is a game,
don’t make it too pompous
and most of all not moralistic.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Play and Peace
There are numerous peace organizations around the globe that aim to have a positive impact on our culture of wars and violence. Efforts are being made to influence the entertainment and the toy industry, as well as producers of video and computer games which all are permeated by abhorrent violence. Some of these organizations view non-violent play as the antidote to the influence of those industries, and even use the term play as part of their name such as:

peace through play

Building Peace Through Play

The creative play with PlayArt is exactly the kind of non-violent play that peace organizations are trying to promote. Like music, it can bridge borders and language barriers. The multi-facetted contributions of PlayArt broaden and reinforce the positive effects of the peace initiatives.
Play leads to creativity –
creativity leads to peace.
Elizabeth Stutz
The tragic acts of terrorism in the United States
demand that we look not for revenge but for constructive solutions
to building a non-violent world…
We remain steadfast in the mission of Play for Peace.
Mary Alice Long
Adventure is ultimately a creative endeavor that allows us to bring forth a new way of being.
Call it Play for Peace, Adventures in Peacemaking.
Laurie Frank
The paramount aim is to find ways by which people of all ages,
through play and creativity,
may be able to contribute to the transformation of the present culture of violence
to a culture of peace.
Mandy Barrow
A playful and happy mindset nurtures other and more enjoyable priorities
than engaging in brutish and barbaric wars.
Ernst Lurker
Play and the Future
Pat Kane
Play will be to the 21st century what work was to the last 300 years of industrial society –
our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value.
Pat Kane
We tend to think of the Faustian man,
the one who fabricates, manipulates, seduces and ends up destroying.
But the new image will be man the creator, the artist, the player.
Jean Housten
The Homo Ludens of the future as creator and inventor
will be the scientifically oriented artist
and the artistically animated scientist.
Elmar Zorn
In my view, art and the approach to life through art,
using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science
is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place.
I believe we are entering a whole new epoch.
Jonas Salk
It is my opinion that the 21st century will be the century of play,
and that the heteroglossic activity of artists in the 20th century
has been the forecast.
Brian Sutton-Smith
(Talking about the future)
Yes, I’m sure civilizations will still evolve through play,
or rather as play,
since that seems to be a fundamental mechanism of our humanity.
Diane Ackerman
I believe the PlayArt exhibition will become an epoch-making event
that should contribute a great deal toward the liberation of our society.
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
To see, experience, and understand the many functions and merits of play,
and to get liberated from our negative, detrimental heritage is the mission of PlayArt –
a Herculean task!
Ernst Lurker
Puzzles are intimately involved in every aspect of life, art, science, culture.
Ian Stewart
PlayArt represents a rare paradigm shift in art.
It is not just another art form like pop art or minimalisms,
but a radical departure into a new realm.
For the first time we are dealing with the unprecedented complicity of the beholder.
Ernst Lurker
The PlayArt concept opens up a new link between art museums and science museums,
a link which is presently missing.
Erik Lundblad
There is no art movement in all of history with an equal amount of 'outside' substantiation.
The fact that there are still negative attitudes towards play and resistance towards PlayArt
is actually a cultural anachronism.
Ernst Lurker