Quote by William Shakespeare
If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.
This quote means that if we had holidays and leisure time throughout the year, it would become just as monotonous and tiresome as working all the time. The idea is that a balance between work and play is necessary for a fulfilling and enjoyable life. It suggests that too much leisure can take away the value and pleasure of recreational activities, and that there is a certain appreciation and enjoyment that comes from having periods of both work and relaxation.
Even I, who had the tide going out and in before me in the bay, and even watched for the ebbs, the better to get my shellfish -- even I (I say) if I had sat down to think, instead of raging at my fate, must have soon guessed the secret, and got free. It was no wonder the fishers had not understood me. The wonder was rather that they had ever guessed my pitiful illusion, and taken the trouble to come back. I had starved with cold and hunger on that island for close upon one hundred hours. But for the fishers, I might have left my bones there, in pure folly. And even as it was, I had paid for it pretty dear, not only in past sufferings, but in my present case; being clothed like a beggar-man, scarce able to walk, and in great pain of my sore throat.I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first.