The Playful Mood

“We are told that a great life is ‘thought of youth wrought out in ripening years’;  and it is perhaps equally true that “great” thinking consists in the working out of insights and ideas which come to us in playful moments.”

“Men never philosophize or tinker more freely than when they know that their speculation or tinkering leads to no weighty results.  We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential.”

“One suspects that much of the praise of seriousness comes from people who have a vital need for a facade of weight and dignity.  La Rochefoucauld said of solemnity that it is ‘a mystery of the body invented to conceal the defects of the mind.'”

“My feeling is the that the tendency to carry youthful characteristics into adult life, which renders man perpetually immature and unfinished, is at the root of his uniqueness in the universe.”

“When the Greeks said, ‘Whom the gods love die young’ they probably meant, as Lord Sankey suggested, that those favored by the gods stay young till the day they die; young and playful.”

-Eric Hoffer

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~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on March 16, 2010.

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