"Let this be our principle: in the use of gifts of Providence, refer them to the end for which their Author destined them...If we consider for what end He created food, we shall find He consulted not only our necessity but also our enjoyment...(so with) colors, gold, silver, ivory, marble. Has God not given many things value without any necessary use? Have done then with that inhuman philosophy (asceticism) which...cannot be realized without depriving man of all his sense."

source: John Calvin tags: Pleasure, Recreation, Leisure