"One of the most difficult tasks men can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games... "
Carl G. Jung
Magister Ludi (Masters of the Game)
"And those of us who trust ourselves the least,
Who doubt and question most, these, it may be,
Will make their mark upon eternity,
And youth will turn to them as to a feast . . ."
Poem by Joseph Knecht
"No noble and exalted life exists without knowledge of devils and demons, and without continual struggle against them."
Etymology of the word is derived from Latin, ludicrus, from ludicrum "a sport, game, toy, source of amusement, or joke,"
Perhaps from Indo European root *leid- "to play."
Sense of "ridiculous" is attested from 1782.
Related: Ludicrously; ludicrousness.