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"When existence is assured, then they know not what to do with it ; thus the second thing that sets them in motion is the effort to get free from the burden of existence, to make it cease to be felt, "to kill time," i.e., to escape from ennui. Accordingly we see that almost all men who are secure from want and care, now that at last they have thrown off all other burdens, become a burden to themselves, and regard as a gain every hour they succeed in getting through, and thus every diminution of the very life which, till then, they have employed all their powers to maintain as long as possible."--fourth book of The World as Will and Representation[1], Arthur Schopenhauer

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A hobby is a regular activity done for pleasure - typically during leisure - e.g., collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports. Continual participation in a hobby can provide substantial skill and knowledge about it.

Anyone who does an activity solely for fun is called an 'amateur' (from French for "lover of") or 'hobbyist'; whereas anyone who does an activity for a reward is a 'professional'.

Passing time

A hobby is also called a pastime, derived from the use of hobbies to pass the time.

Killing time

The phrase killing time is primarily an idiomatic expression, meaning "spending time in an inconsequential manner." To spend time doing nothing in particular in order that it seems to pass more quickly.

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