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playing Quotes

32 of the best book quotes about playing
  1. #1
    “Nancy, WILL you tell me what this absurd ‘game’ is that the whole town seems to be babbling about? And what, please, has my niece to do with it? WHY does everybody, from Milly Snow to Mrs. Tom Payson, send word to her that they’re ‘playing it’? As near as I can judge, half the town are putting on blue ribbons, or stopping family quarrels, or learning to like something they never liked before, and all because of Pollyanna.”
  2. #2
    “And he found that he actually had hind legs! Instead of dingy velveteen he had brown fur, soft and shiny, his ears twitched by themselves, and his whiskers were so long that they brushed the grass. He gave one leap and the joy of using those hind legs was so great that he went springing about the turf on them, jumping sideways and whirling round as the others did, and he grew so excited that when at last he did stop to look for the Fairy she had gone.”
  3. #3
    ″‘Why don’t you get up and play with us?’ one of them asked.
    ‘I don’t feel like it,’ said the Rabbit, for he didn’t want to explain that he had no clockwork.
    ‘Ho!’ said the furry rabbit. ‘It’s as easy as anything,’ And he gave a big hop sideways and stood on his hind legs.
    ‘I don’t believe you can!’ he said.
    ‘I can!’ said the little Rabbit. ‘I can jump higher than anything!’ He meant when the Boy threw him, but of course he didn’t want to say so.”
  4. #4
    “He took the Velveteen Rabbit with him, and before he wandered off to pick flowers, or play at brigands among the trees, he always made the Rabbit a little nest somewhere among the bracken, where he would be quite cosy, for he was a kind-hearted little boy and he liked Bunny to be comfortable.”
  5. #5
    “It was a long weary time, for the Boy was too ill to play, and the little Rabbit found it rather dull with nothing to do all day long. But he snuggled down patiently, and looked forward to the time when the Boy should be well again, and they would go out in the garden amongst the flowers and the butterflies and play splendid games in the raspberry thicket like they used to.”
  6. #6
    “But very soon he grew to like it, for the Boy used to talk to him, and made nice tunnels for him under the bedclothes that he said were like the burrows the real rabbits lived in.”
  7. #7
    “To love music is everything. First I will teach you to love music, after this slowly we shall learn to play.”
  8. #8
    “Nate sat at the end of a sheetless mattress, bouncing a small rubber ball off the bare wall, keeping count of how many consecutive times he caught it.”
  9. #9
    ″‘It’s so unfair,’ said Bruno. ‘I don’t see why I have to be stuck over here on this side of the fence where there’s no one to talk to and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours every day. I’ll have to speak to Father about it.‘”
  10. #10
    “You certainly are a pretty pair of babies, playing with your live doll”
  1. #11
    “Later Achilles would play the lyre, as Chiron and I listened. My mother’s lyre. He had brought it with him.
    ‘I wish I had known,’ I said, the first day when he showed it to me.
  2. #12
    “Here was a gorgeous triumph; they were missed; they were mourned; hearts were breaking on their account; tears were being shed; accusing memories of unkindnesses to these poor lost lads were rising up, and unavailing regrets and remorse were being indulged: and best of all, the departed were the talk of the whole town, and the envy of all the boys, as far as this dazzling notoriety was concerned. This was fine. It was worth being a pirate, after all.”
  3. #13
    “Ah, if he could only die temporarily!”
  4. #14
    “There was no getting around the stubborn fact that taking sweetmeats was only “hooking,” while taking bacon and hams and such valuables was plain simple stealing — and there was a command against that in the Bible. So they inwardly resolved that so long as they remained in the business, their piracies should not again be sullied with the crime of stealing.”
  5. #15
    “Oh, they just have a bully time - take ships, and burn them, and get the money and bury it in awful places in their island where there’s ghosts and things to watch, it, and kill everybody in the ships - make ‘em walk a plank. they don’t kill the women - they’re too noble. And the women’s always beautiful, too.”
  6. #16
    “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”
  7. #17
    “Firstly, that God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circuitous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players,* to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
  8. #18
    “The pleasures connected with his work were pleasures of ambition; his social pleasures were those of vanity; but Ivan Ilych’s greatest pleasure was playing bridge.”
  9. #19
    When evening came, the other tin soldiers were all placed in the box, and the people of the house went to bed. Then the playthings began to have their own games together, to pay visits, to have sham fights, and to give balls.
  10. #20
    “When she played her music even the night demons stopped their work & it took them some time to remember what it was they were doing & the best of them had no stomach for it for a long time after that.”

Books by Shel Silverstein

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  1. #21
    “They played at hearts as other children might play at ball; only, as it was really their two hearts that they flung to and fro, they had to be very, very handy to catch them, each time, without hurting them.”
  2. #22
    “I was thirty-five and I’d thought I was playing political poker and it turned out I’d been playing in some other game I didn’t even know about. ”
  3. #23
    “When you act, you’re always playing a version of yourself. You can’t bring more to the role than what you are.”
  4. #24
    “And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and play king of the forest.”
  5. #25
    “He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.”
  6. #26
    “And they would play hide and go seek and when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.”
  7. #27
    ″‘Come, Boy,’ she whispered, ‘come and play.‘”
  8. #28
    “I am too old and sad to play.”
  9. #29
    “Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we’re hated so much?”
  10. #30
    “I would like to play, but not games. I do not play games because I cannot—they twist my sweet heart like a wet rag, and what feels all right, fast becomes unworthy of us.”
  11. #31
    “I would like to love you, but I do not know you and I value space more than even love, for in space we can play.”
  12. #32
    “God is dead, haven’t you heard? He died a hundred years ago, gave out from sheer lack of interest, decided to play golf instead.”