American novelist, philosopher, playwright, screenwriter
am often asked why people like stamp collecting. So widespread a hobby
can obviously have many different motives. I can answer only in regard
to my own motives, which I have observed also in some of the stamp
collectors I have met.
The pleasure lies in a certain special
way of using one's mind. Stamp collecting is a hobby for busy,
purposeful, ambitious people...because, in pattern, it has the
essential elements of a career, but transposed to a clearly delimited,
intensely private world.