Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Quotes about Fun

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training

Work should be more fun than fun.
Noel Coward, British actor, playwright, composer (1899-1973)

The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.
Charles Schwab, US industrialist (1862-1939)

Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
Paul Valery, French poet, critic (1871-1945)

Make a resolution not to become suspicious when you hear people laughing.
David Firth, British management author (b. 1949)

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Victor Borge, Danish entertainer, pianist (1909-2000)

First you have to have fun. Second, you have to put love where your labour is. Third, you have to go in the opposite direction to everyone else.
Anita Roddick, British retail executive, founder of The Body Shop (1942-2007)

If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher (1889-1951)

A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.
Willie Wonka, character in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl, British author (1916-1990)

We’re all working harder and faster. But unless we’re also having fun the transformation doesn’t work.
Jack Welch, US executive, utility chief (b. 1935)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
Geisel Theodor Seuss, known as Dr Seuss, US author (1904-1991)

The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
Nicholas Butler, US educator, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1862-1947)

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, poet (1854-1900)


  1. It's just amazing how true and intelligent some of these fun quotes can be! I really like the one about getting to do someting intellignet by doing silly things! It makes me think about all the discoveries humanity has made this way.

  2. Quite right, Anonymous. Here's a simple example of how observing a fun activity led to an important innovation. Dr René Laennec was thinking about how to improve his diagnosis technique as he watched children signal to each other by tapping at either end of a hollow log. The experience inspired him to invent the stethoscope.

  3. That's a great story, and lovely set of quotes. Thank you for sharing.

  4. No probs, xuxi. Thanks for your feedback.