Stunning quotes on the importance of play

"...What is shared by mass murderers, felony drunk drivers, starving children, head banging laboratory animals, anxious overworked students and all reptiles?…They don't play. What do most Nobel Laureates, historically renowned creative artists, successful multi-career entrepreneurs and animals of superior intelligence have in common?… They are full of play throughout their lives. "

"Play and games seem necessary for the development of community, which requires mutual trust, cooperation and common goal setting. They are necessary to develop a sense of future optimism and perseverance. "

- Stuart Brown, MD, Founder, The National Instutute for Play

Stuart Brown began studying violence in the 70's. His teams found strong correlations between violence and the absence of play in childhood. He produced a PBS series on Joseph Campbell, a cover story and PBS special on animals & play for National Geographic. Stuart is the founder of The Institute for Play and co-producer of The Promise of Play, a three-part PBS series.

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