Say no, build slack.
Leisure is the mother of philosophy; and Commonwealth, the mother of peace and leisure. Where first were great and flourishing cities, there was first the study of philosophy.
The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
To use leisure intelligently and profitably is a final test of a civilization.
— Jay B. Nash, Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure