Outside the Box

The Infinite Game

Chapter One

“A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Two

“It is an invariable principle of all play, finite or infinite, that whoever plays, plays freely.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Three

“Finite players play within boundaries, infinite players play with boundaries.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Four

“… all limitations of finite play are self-limitations.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Five

“To account for the large gap between the actual freedom of finite players to step off the field of play at any time and the experienced necessity to stay at the struggle, we can say that as finite players we somehow veil this freedom from ourselves.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Six

“The joyfulness of infinite play, its laughter, lies in learning to start something we cannot finish.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Seven

“True storytellers do not know their own story.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Eight

“What will undo any boundary is the awareness that it is our vision, and not what we are viewing, that is limited.” – James P. Carse

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Chapter Nine

“Infinite players are not serious actors in any story, but the joyful poets of a story that continues to originate what they cannot finish.” – James P. Carse

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“There is but one infinite game.” – James P. Carse

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All quotes are from Finite and Infinite Games:  A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse (1986)