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If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. And this would help him to understand why constructing artificial flowers or performing on a tread–mill is work, while rolling ten–pins or climbing Mont Blanc is only amusement. There are wealthy gentlemen in England who drive four–horse passenger–coaches twenty or thirty miles on a daily line, in the summer, because the privilege costs them considerable money; but if they were offered wages for the service, that would turn it into work and then they would resign.
I wonder which one would look down his nose more at the other one, the hit man or the serial killer?
Many "amateur" writers use non-traditional publishing methods (blogs, e-books, self-publishing) that could make "real" writers (not to mention their publishers) cringe.
Is there any other human activity that has this mixture of people doing it for fun-- or "doing it on the side" if that sounds less insulting-- and people making a living at it?