12/3/14

"The word amateur..."

"THE word amateur has come by the thousand oddities of language to convey an idea of tepidity; whereas the word itself has the meaning of passion. Nor is this peculiarity confined to the mere form of the word; the actual characteristic of these nameless dilettanti is a genuine fire and reality. A man must love a thing very much if he not only practises it without any hope of fame or money, but even practises it without any hope of doing it well. Such a man must love the toils of the work more than any other man can love the rewards of it."

~G.K. Chesterton: Robert Browning, Chap. IV.

Robert Browning; Woodburytype portrait
by Herbert Rose Barraud, c. 1888.

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