On Vacation

Sunday, August 4, 2013 – On Vacation

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. ~ Maya Angelou

There was nothing like a Saturday – unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball. ~ Nora Roberts

It used to take me all vacation to grow a new hide in place of the one they flogged off me during school term. ~ Mark Twain

What most people find festive – a weekend at a beach shack with friends, a boat trip down a river, a crackling bonfire on a summer night – I see as a bleak nightmare to be grimly endured. I would sooner put lit cigarettes in my eyes than share a vacation house with a crowd. ~ Jancee Dunn

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations – we’re doing everything we can to keep our marriage together. ~ Rodney Dangerfield

I hate vacations. There’s nothing to do. ~ David Mamet

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~ Earl Wilson

With me a change of trouble is as good as a vacation. ~ David Lloyd George

Oh, why can’t we break away from all this, just you and I, and lodge with my fleas in the hills? I mean, flee to my lodge in the hills. ~ S. J. Perelman

Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not. ~ William James

No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one. ~ Elbert Hubbard

A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. ~ Morris Fishbein

Holidays are enticing only for the first week or so. After that, it is no longer such a novelty to rise late and have little to do. ~ Margaret Laurence

No vacation goes unpunished. ~ Karl Hakkarainen

Vacations prove that a life of pleasure is overrated. ~ Mason Cooley

There is probably no more obnoxious class of citizen, taken end for end, than the returning vacationist. ~ Robert Benchley

Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach. It pisses me off! I’ll go over to a little baby and say “What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!” ~ Steven Wright

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders. ~ Ronald Reagan

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~ Milton Berle

With me a change of trouble is as good as a vacation. ~ David Lloyd George

Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work: they can take pictures. ~ Susan Sontag

I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach? ~ Philip Johnson, Esquire magazine, December 1980

Why do I want to sit on a beach? I am not out of gas. ~ Jack Welch

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. ~ John B. Priestly

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war. ~ Loren Eiseley

Loafing needs no explanation and is its own excuse. ~ Christopher Morley

A vacation should be just long enough for the boss to miss you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you. ~ Jacob Morton Braude

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. ~ Bertrand Russell

A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward. ~George Jean Nathan

The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on. ~ Elbert Hubbard

The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself. ~ H. L. Mencken

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want. ~ Bill Watterson

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera


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