Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony -- this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for.
Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.
Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist.
No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American editor, publisher, and author of the mora
Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.
William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.
The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation.
A period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need.