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Games lubricate the body and the mind.

Games are activities involving structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are often distinguished from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more often an expression of aesthetic or ideological elements; however, the distinction is not clear-cut, and many games are also considered to be work or art.


  • Games lubricate the body and the mind.
    • Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in Edge-Tools of Speech (1899) by Maturin Murray Ballou, p. 177.
  • All my games were political games; I was, like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake.
    • Indira Gandhi, as quoted in The New York Times Biographical Service (1971), Vol. 2, p. 4027.
  • Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
    • Michael Jordan, as quoted in The Victory Letters : Inspiration for the Human Race (2003), by Cheri Ruskus, Letter 32, p. 68.
  • I've missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
    • Michael Jordan, as quoted in Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins : The Paradox of Innovation (2003), by Richard Farson and Ralph Keyes, p. 32.
  • It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
  • Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
    • George Will, in Men at Work : The Craft of Baseball (1990), p. 294.

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