Quotes with play
I really felt I gave all the energy I have left inside my body. I made my dream a reality, and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I’ve been doing this for so long, and, yeah, it’s just body-wise, I just can’t do it anymore.
Announcing her retirement (August 15, 2013)
I don't want to spend the rest of my life doing as Toscanini did, studying and restudying 50 pieces of music. It would bore me to death. I want to want to conduct. I want to play the piano. I want to write for Hollywood. I want to write symphonic music. I want to keep on trying to be, in the full sense of that wonderful word, a musician. I also want to teach. I want to write books and poetry. And I think I can still do justice to them all.
Interview with The New York Times.
We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one.
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1912)
I've got to hit forty points or so, or this team is in trouble. I must score—understand? After that I play defense and get the ball off the boards. I try to do them all, best I can, but scoring comes first.
Comparing his role on the court to that of Bill Russell.
I was born with music inside me. That's the only explanation I know of, since none of my relatives could sing or play an instrument. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me — like food or water.
You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired -- it’s hard work.
'In the beginning was the Word,' and you must not be tempted with a script just because you have a great part. You want a great role to play, but the whole - the whole - must be good. It'll never succeed if it's just the role you like.
Published in Christian Science Monitor, December 28, 1987.
If people are musical and want to play, they will share this thing with you. I don't know why or how it happens.
Talking about the essence of music with writer Helena Matheopoulos, as quoted in his obituary published by The Guardian on 4/14/2013.
The thing about the African-American community compared with the white community is, we are more concerned with image and message than execution. I don't play roles that are necessarily attractive or portray a positive image. They are well-rounded characters. When you squelch excellence to put out a message it's like passing the baton and seeing it drop.
I wanted to play it with an economy of words and create this whole feeling through attitude and movement. It was just the kind of character I had envisioned for a long time, keep to the mystery and allude to what happened in the past. It came about after the frustration of doing Rawhide for so long. I felt the less he said the stronger he became and the more he grew in the imagination of the audience.
Clint: The Life and Legend (1999). On playing the Man With No Name character.
If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
MacMillan has this particular quote simply as "God doesn't play dice." and notes that it is often quoted as doesn't play dice with the universe.
Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot, but it hardly brings us any closer to the secret of the Old One. In any case I am convinced that He doesn't play dice.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
Commerce is a game of skill, which every man cannot play, which few men can play well. The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune, and so, in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this, and believe in magic, in all parts of life. He knows, that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent, — for every effect a perfect cause, — and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.
The Conduct of Life (1860)
Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.
There is not a law under which any part of this universe is governed that does not come into play in the phenomena of the chemical history of a candle.
The Chemical History of a Candle, 1860
All work and no play makes jack. With enough jack, Jack needn’t be a dull boy.
There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.
Work and play are an artificial pair of opposites, because the best kind of play contains an element of work, and the most productive kind of work must include something of the spirit of play.
Pieces of Eight (1982)
We must show that we play fair in business just as we demanded fair play in International Law.
Address before the National Foreign Trade Council on April 25, 1919.
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?
It's quite a famous story that takes place on Christmas Eve, and the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace one night and they bury their dead and they play football. I play a German opera singer, in German, which I never have so I am really excited about that.
It may be curious but it's also strangely refreshing. I mean, to begin with, it was like being invited to play with a rich guy's train set.
About his time on the early sets of the Return of the Jedi. Interview with The Guardian, published November 7, 2005.
The contrary teaches us about the tricks which life can play upon us and to watch out and be aware of those paths in life that will take us down a dumb or dangerous road.
Interview with Linda Brookover, March 11, 1996.
History is not a trick the living play on the dead or even a trick the dead play on the living, but rather a mutual transaction among the now-living and the once-living.
Missouri Historical Society, March 15, 1980
I wouldn't play another character like Trinity out of respect to her and respect to the film. I don't want to be the leather-clad, kicking-butt girl with another name. It would be like cheating on Trinity.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous toy.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
All you have to do is play better than the other guy and things go well. If you don't play better than the other players then somebody takes your place. Now a lot of guys, in this day and time with the transient nature of the sport, as soon as the competition gets too good, they want out.
Any musician who says he is playing better either on tea, the needle, or when he is juiced, is a plain, straight liar. When I get too much to drink, I can't even finger well, let alone play decent ideas. ... You can miss the most important years of your life, the years of possible creation.
I realized by using the high notes of the chords as a melodic line, and by the right harmonic progression, I could play what I heard inside me. That's when I was born.
My God is rock’n’roll. It’s an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
The art of putting well into play mediocre qualities often begets more reputation than true merit achieves.
I always wanted to play older. I can’t stand ageism. As a woman in comedy you should not have to worry about this.
Interview in Huffington Post (May 2013)
Happiness is in action, and every power is intended for action; human happiness, therefore, can only be complete as all the powers have their full and legitimate play.
The philosophy of happiness, lectures on the crisis of being, and the progress of being (1869)
At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
A Hundred Points of Good Husbandry (1557)
I play John Wayne in every picture regardless of the character, and I've been doing all right, haven't I?
There's been a lot of stories about how I got to be called Duke. One was that I played the part of a duke in a school play--which I never did. Sometimes, they even said I was descended from royalty! It was all a lot of rubbish. Hell, the truth is that I was named after a dog!
The only link between Literature and Drama left to us in England at the present moment is the bill of the play.
A Few Maxims For The A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894
I like to play any character that allows me the freedom to explore it and teach the audience something they didn't know, and show them a journey they identify with ... or be inspired, or moved. Anything that touches someone's heart is important for me.
Interview on Filmcritic.com (2000)