In ancient Rome “Otium” and “Negotium” were two antithetical realities.
It can be seen from the same morphological structure of the two Latin words that the latter derives from the former, namely negotium (nec-otium) is the negation of the other.
“Otium” represents one of the most noble and qualified human activities of a free man. It is time devoted to the activities of the spirit: reading, reflecting , writing and contemplating the beauty of Nature
In our leisure, we reveal what kind of people we are. (Ovid)
What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are. (George Eastman Founder of Eastman Kodak)
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)