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Inspiration to Help You Enjoy a More Leisure-Filled
Life Today Instead of Tomorrow
The Easy Way to a More Leisurely Life
Glover Ferguson, chief
scientist at major outsourcing firm Accenture Ltd., has concluded
that if the American standard of living had been frozen in
1950 and all subsequent productivity gains had been applied
to reducing the work week, Americans would be able to work
only two days a week and enjoy a five-day weekend. Talk about all the more leisure time we could all experience. In the same vein, if the
standard of living had been frozen in 1975 instead of 1950,
Americans would be able to enjoy a three-day weekend - still a lot more leisure time.
This is evidence enough that Americans who are stressed out due to the long and hard hours they toil away at their jobs are getting exactly what they deserve. If they stopped buying all that crap (SUVs, big houses, fashion, and gadgets) they don't need, they wouldn't have to work so hard and many hours. Instead, they would have a full, relaxed, satisfying, and happy life to which they all aspire.
A Book for the Retired,
Unemployed, and Overworked
The Joy of NOT Working
Illustrated by eye-opening exercises, thought-provoking diagrams, and lively cartoons and quotations, The Joy of Not Working is a provocative, entertaining, down-to-earth, and tremendously inspiring book that will help you get more joy and satisfaction out of everything you do.
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Leisure Quotes and Quotes about Retirement
The Best Things Ever Said about Leisure and Work
Leisure is the most challenging responsibility a man can be offered.
— William Russell
If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose.
That is what leisure means.
— Alan Bennett
Few Americans even know what "leisure" really means, and commonly
confuse it with recreation or time off from work, even if that time
is spent doing chores.
— Shannon Mullen
Leisure tends to corrupt, and absolute leisure corrupts absolutely.
— Edgar A. Shoaff
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
— Henry David Thoreau
Leisure consists in all those virtuous activities by which a man grows
morally, intellectually, and spiritually. It is that which makes a
life worth living.
It is impossible to enjoy idling unless there is plenty of work to
— Jerome K. Jerome (1859 - 1927)
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the best product of civilization.
— Bertrand Russell
Leisure may prove to be a curse rather than a blessing, unless education
teaches a flippant world leisure is not a synonym for entertainment.
— William J. Bogan
Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.
— George Allen
I have made this letter a rather long one, only because I didn't have
the leisure to make it shorter.
— Blaise Pascal
10 Sure Ways to Put More Leisure Time into Your Life
One way to increase your leisure time is to forget what all the efficiency
and time-management experts say you should do to be more productive.
The problem with time management is that you still end up working
ten or twelve hours a day, possibly being a little more productive,
but still feeling burnt out and with not much leisure time.
Instead, follow these insights that offer both inspiration and a lot
of wisdom for creating more liesure time in your life:
If you don't have enough time to accomplish something, consider the
work finished once it's begun.
— John Gage
Remember that nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.
— Arthur Balfour
One of the best ways of avoiding necessary and even urgent tasks is
to seem busily employed on things that are already done.
— John Kennett
If you're already in a hole, it's no use to continue digging.
— Roy W. Walters
Never do today what you can do as well tomorrow; because something
may occur to make you regret your premature action.
— Aaron Burr
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
— Sydney J.Harris
Choose one of these three ways to handle a task fast:
1: Do it yourself.
2: Hire an expert to handle it for you.
3: Decide that it isn't worth
doing and strike it off your to-do list.
— From Career Success WITHOUT a Real Job
When you are doing something difficult, tedious, or extremely time-consuming,
ask yourself what would happen if you didn't do it. If the answer
is nothing, or next to nothing, stop doing it.
— From Career Success WITHOUT a Real Job
Don't' overdo things that shouldn't be done in the first place.
— Unknown wise person
Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.
— Robert Byrne
Learn to distinguish between these three:
1: Some things need doing
better than you or anyone has ever done them before.
2: Some just
need doing to get by.
3: Some are not necessary; they don't need doing
and are best left to the misfits of this world to pursue.
— From Career Success WITHOUT a Real Job
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by Ernie J. Zelinski
Published in 9 languages
- Over 190,000 copies sold
The Quick Way to Enlightenment
A student, most eager
for enlightenment, went to the Master and expressed his desire
to be his student and become enlightened.
The Master welcomed his
enthusiasm and told him he would be honored to help him.
"How long will it
take?" asked the student.
"Usually about two
to three years," the Master responded, "but
it depends on how hard you work at it."
the student declared, "I will work extremely hard. I
will try to work at it both day and night."
"Well, in that case,"
the Master advised, "It will take you at least seven
You Too Can Experience More Leisure Time
Instead of Tomorrow
Here is a favorite story
to get you tuned up for the rest of your life. I often share
it with happy, leisurely individuals whenever they tell me
that they may have become millionaires by now, only if they
had sacrificed their balanced lifestyle to work a lot harder.
The story helps them put life back in proper perspective and enjoy their leisure time.
It may help you do the same.
A wealthy entrepreneur from New York went
on a two-week seaside holiday on the coast of Costa Rica.
On his first day there, he was impressed with the quality
and taste of the exotic fish he bought from a local fisherman.
The next day, the American encountered the native Costa Rican
at the dock, but he had already sold his catch. The American
discovered that the fisherman had a secret fishing spot where
the fish were plenty and the quality superb. However, he only
caught five or six fish a day.
The New Yorker asked the local fisherman why
he didn't stay out longer at sea and catch more fish.
"But Senor," the fisherman replied,
"I sleep in late until nine or ten every morning; I
play with my children; I go fishing for an
hour or two; in the
afternoon I take a one- or two-hour siesta;
in the early evening I have a relaxing meal with my family;
in the evening,
I go to the village and drink wine, play
guitar, and sing with my amigos. As you can see, I have a
satisfying, and happy life."
The American replied, "You should catch a lot more
fish. That way you can prepare for a prosperous
future. Look, I
am a businessman from New York and I can help
you become a
lot more successful in life. I received an
MBA from Harvard and I know a lot about business and
The American continued, "The way to prepare for
the future is to get up early in the morning and spend
the whole day
fishing, even going back for more in the
In no time, with the extra money you could buy
a bigger boat.
from now, you can have five or six boats
that you can rent to other fishermen. In another five
fish you will control, you can build a
fish plant and even have
your own brand of fish products."
"Then, in another six or seven years," the American
continued while the Costa Rican looked more and more bewildered,
"you can leave here and move to New York or San Francisco,
and have someone else run
your factory while you market your products. If you work
hard for fifteen or twenty years,
can become a multi-millionaire.
Then you won't have to work another day for the rest of your
"What would I do then, Senor?" responded the fisherman.
Without any hesitation, the wealthy American businessman
enthusiastically replied, "Then you will be able
to move to a little village in some laid-back country
Mexico where you can sleep in late every day, play with
the village children, take a long siesta every afternoon,
eat meals while relaxing in the evening, and play guitar,
sing, and drink wine with your amigos every night."
moral of this story is straightforward: Like the Costa Rican
fisherman, you too can experience more leisure time - a full, relaxed, satisfying,
and happy life today instead of fifteen or twenty years down
the road. Tens of millions of people in the U.S., Canada,
Europe, and many other countries have such a lifestyle. Contrary
to popular belief, however, such a lifestyleis not based
on being a multi-millionaire. A full, relaxed, satisfying,
and happy life is achieved by living the principles laid
in The Joy of Not Working.
An unknown wise person
stated this much more eloquently than I can: "The U.S.
Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit
of it. You have to catch up with it yourself." And
many people are going to be pursuing happiness for a long,
time, instead of experiencing it, until they come to grips
with the fact that hard work does not guarantee happiness.
All hard work guarantees is people work hard. So, big deal!
I would rather work smart for myself and not for a corporation,
and have more freedom in my life and unlimited leisure time.
An International Bestseller
A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked
Over 250,000 Copies Sold and Published in 17 Languages
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Still More of The Best Things Ever Said
about Leisure and Work
From my forthcoming book, 1001 Best Things Ever Said about Work (and the Workplace), here are still more of the best things ever said about leisure and work:
Do not mistake a crowd of big wage earners for the leisure class.
— Clive Bell
If you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so
that you won't have to work.
— Ogden Nash
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain, the lazy one never.
— Benjamin Franklin
If the soul has food for study and learning, nothing is more delightful
than an old age of leisure.
The best test of the quality of a civilization is the quality of its
— Irwin Edman
I would not exchange my leisure hours for all the wealth in the world.
— Comte de Mirabeau
Only a person who can live with himself can enjoy the gift of leisure.
— Henry Greber
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