quotations about hobbies

Hobbies take place in the cellar and smell of airplane glue.

JOHN UPDIKE, Picked-Up Pieces


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A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.

PHYLLIS MCGINLEY, attributed, Life's Simple Guide to Happiness


I remember in grammar school the teacher asked if anyone had any hobbies. I was the only one with any hobbies, and I had every hobby there was. There was no hobby I didn't have, name anything, no matter how esoteric, I had found it and dabbled in it. I could have given everyone a hobby and still had 40 or 50 to take home.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, "McCarthy's Venomous Fiction", New York Times Magazine, April 19, 1992


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Hobbies are a contradiction; they take work and turn it into leisure, and take leisure and turn it into work.

STEVEN M. GELBER, Hobbies: Leisure and the Culture of Work in America


No hobby should either seek or need rational justification. To wish to do it is reason enough. To find reasons why it is useful or beneficial converts it at once from an avocation into an industry.

ALDO LEOPOLD, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There


The worst of all hobbies are those that people think they can get money at. They shoot their money down like corn out of a sack then.

GEORGE ELIOT, The Mill on the Floss


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There are people like Senhor José everywhere, who fill their time, or what they believe to be their spare time, by collecting stamps, coins, medals, vases, postcards, matchboxes, books, clocks, sport shirts, autographs, stones, clay figurines, empty beverage cans, little angels, cacti, opera programmes, lighters, pens, owls, music boxes, bottles, bonsai trees, paintings, mugs, pipes, glass obelisks, ceramic ducks, old toys, carnival masks, and they probably do so out of something that we might call metaphysical angst, perhaps because they cannot bear the idea of chaos being the one ruler of the universe, which is why, using their limited powers and with no divine help, they attempt to impose some order on the world, and for a short while they manage it, but only as long as they are there to defend their collection, because when the day comes when it must be dispersed, and that day always comes, either with their death or when the collector grows weary, everything goes back to its beginnings, everything returns to chaos.

JOSÉ SARAMAGO, All the Names


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Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch


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Sometimes the hobby can become a full-time job. The accountant may discover that he can make enough money to support his family taking pictures; the schoolteacher may become enough of an expert on grave rubbings to go on the lecture circuit. And there are some professions which begin as hobbies and remain hobbies even after the practitioner is able to earn his living by pursuing his hobby; but because "hobby" is such a bumpy, common-sounding little word, we also have an unspoken agreement that we will call our professional hobbies "the arts."



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Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully.

SCOTT ALEXANDER, attributed, The Hobby Income Blueprint: Turning Your Passions Into Online Profits


My only hobby is laziness, which naturally rules out all others.



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Hobbies are universally regarded as a prime form of relaxation and people generally anticipate their retirement as the period when they will at last have more time to devote to these hobbies. In many cases this is indeed true, but in many others the very opposite comes to pass. The very hobbies which during the working years were prized forms of relaxation and satisfaction lose their appeal and their novelty when they are pursued full time during the retirement years. It is one thing to steal precious time to enjoy a hobby; it is an entirely different matter when the hobby becomes a means of killing time.

JEROME H. BLASS, The Family Counselor


Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.

DALE CARNEGIE, attributed, Zany, Zeal, Zest and Zing: The Z Way to Happiness


You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby.

LARRY PAGE, commencement address at the University of Michigan, May 2, 2009


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

FRAN LEBOWITZ, The Fran Lebowitz Reader


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To be happy in life, develop at least four hobbies: one to bring you money, one to keep you healthy, one to bring you joy, and one to bring you peace.

STAN JACOBS, The Dusk and Dawn Master


Find what you love and let it kill you.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, attributed, Greatest Motivational and Inspirational Quotes on Life, Love and Happiness


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Hobbies are for people that don't like what they're doing.

STEFAN SAGMEISTER, attributed, Culturevore


The fact that stamp collecting has long been the most popular hobby in the world, with over 16 million enthusiasts in the United States alone, is a good indication of how much fascination and appeal these colorful little pieces of gummed paper exert.

ROBERT OBOJSKI, A First Stamp Album for Beginners


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A hobby is a happy medium between a passion and a monomania.

HONORE DE BALZAC, The Wisdom of Balzac


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