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original photo from “Why Cats Paint” by Burton Silver, Heather Busch

As artists and creative people, play is very important to our physical and mental health.

Here are 10 quotes by some famous people who understood the importance of play!

You’ve got to keep the child alive; you can’t create without it. ~Joni Mitchell 

Play is the highest form of research. ~Albert Einstein

The human urge to create comes from the play impulse. ~Carla Hannaford 

To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition. ~Albert Einstein

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. ~John Cleese 

The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both. ~Buddha

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. ~Abraham Maslow 

It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard 

What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us. ~Julia Cameron

I hope this inspired you to get out, get up, get going, and play! What’s stopping you? ~Lori

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