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  • For the last six or seven years the circus has no longer been in fashion. That is a pity. One should go to the circus, beyond any question of fashion, at least one or two times a year—I am not speaking here to the real enthusiasts, they know better than I what they have to do.

    • Adrienne Monnier,
    • 1935, in Richard McDougall, tr., The Very Rich Hours of Adrienne Monnier ()
  • The circus is perhaps the most vital of all spectacles. It is a place full of simple and powerful charms. Charms of childhood memories. Charms of the very form of the circus, of its odor, its clamor. Charms of the ritual that presides over the entrances and the stunts. These bodily acts, these attractions that are daughters of universal Attraction take place with great ceremony. What is so moving as the roll of the drum that precedes the most perilous moment of the number and the total silence that follows it? Shall we hesitate to think of the Elevation of the Mass? And what is so noble as the hand of the gymnast, who stands up absolutely straight after his stunt, with his palm open like the very symbol of work and its fulfillment?

    • Adrienne Monnier,
    • 1935, in Richard McDougall, tr., The Very Rich Hours of Adrienne Monnier ()
  • Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.

  • The gospel of cheerfulness, I had almost said the gospel of amusement, is preached by people who lack experience to people who lack vitality. There is a vague impression that the world would be a good world if it were only happy, that it would be happy if it were amused, and that it would be amused if plenty of artificial recreation — that recreation for which we are now told every community stands responsible — were provided for its entertainment.

  • ... we live in an age which must be amused, though genius, feeling, trust, and principle be the sacrifice.

    • Hannah More,
    • "Address to Women of Rank and Fortune," Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education ()
  • It is a sober truth that people who live only to amuse themselves work harder at the task than most people do in earning their daily bread.

    • Hannah More,
    • in George Beckwith et al., Beckwith's Almanac, vols. 49-54 ()
  • All entertainment is education in some way, many times more effective than schools because of the appeal to the emotions rather than to the intellect.

  • ... entertainment for entertainment's sake is the most expensive form of death ...

  • Those who cannot think, have, in my opinion, a necessity (which goes very far towards creating a right) for amusement.