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Hobbies

  • A hobby is, of course, an abomination, as are all consuming interests and passions that do not lead directly to large, personal gain.

  • There must be bands of enthusiasts for everything on earth — fanatics who shared a vocabulary, a batch of technical skills and equipment, and, perhaps, a vision of some single slice of the beauty and mystery of things, of their complexity, fascination, and unexpectedness.

  • Hobbies protect us from passions. One hobby becomes a passion.

  • [On having a hobby:] It's the safety valve of middle life, and the solace of age.

  • A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.

  • A hobbyhorse can be a tiring ride for nonenthusiasts.

  • Crafting, or 'making things,' has always been a delightful pastime of mine because it requires putting common elements together in order to achieve a lovely something that nobody needs.

  • Some crafts have been practiced for centuries. These crafts were created using skills passed from generation to generation, and were motivated by necessity such as baskets and pottery, or artistic expression, such as more baskets and more pottery. Today, there is a much more leisurely attitude toward crafting, and virtually anyone without a job and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.

  • Crafting is putting ideas into action and then holding them together with an inexpensive adhesive.

  • The finest thing about a hobby is that you can't do any pretending about it. You either like it or you don't.