I. [About playing]:
“But for the present, the preceding analysis permits play to be defined as an activity which is essentially:
1. Free: in which playing is not obligatory; if it were, it would at once lose its attractiveness and joyous quality as a diversion;
2. Separate: a separate occupation, carefully isolated from the rest of life;
3. Uncertain: the course of which cannot be determined, nor the result attained beforehand, and some latitude for innovations being left to the players initative;
4. Unproductive: creating neither goods, nor wealth, nor new elements of any kind;
5. Governed by rules: under conventions that suspend ordinary laws; and for the moment establish new legislation, which alone counts;
6. Make-believe: accompanied by a special awareness of a second reality or of a free unreality, as against real life.
– Roger Caillois, Man, Play and Games
II. O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee,
That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down,
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
And hush’d with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
Than in the perfum’d chambers of the great,
Under the canopies of costly state,
And lull’d with sound of sweetest melody?
– William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Act III, Scene 1