• WordNet 3.6
    • n amateurism the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
    • n Amateurism The practice, habit, or work of an amateur.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.
    • n amateurism The practice of any art, occupation, game, etc., as a pastime or an accomplishment, and not as a profession; the quality of being an amateur.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every artist was first an amateur.”
  • Garson Kanin
    Garson Kanin
    “Amateurs hope, professionals work.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.”
  • Alvin Toffler
    Alvin Toffler
    “Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.”


In literature:

The wig and spectacles are the refuges of the amateur.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
While an expert will achieve fair results in such work the amateur could hardly expect success.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
Meanwhile our amateur diver continued his inspection of the wreck.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
He was a singer too, a fine amateur singer, with a voice equal to Mario's.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Now the one question in the mind of the amateur detective was as to why this man should be willing to travel with the show.
"Messenger No. 48" by James Otis
The copper lighting fixtures were made by the amateur as were the hinges and the drawer pulls.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
He has conducted numerous vocal societies and an amateur orchestra.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Although his work had the touch of the amateur about it, it had a curious charm; and rapid improvement followed.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
To the amateur this is quite confusing.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
Amateurs were right: Gamelin had no gifts as an erotic artist.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France

In poetry:

For the time of this ecstatic
Amateur was most erratic,
And he only hit the key
Once in every melody.
"The Waster Singing at Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
A full-fledged gun cannot endure
The trifling of an amateur;
Poor marksmanship its temper spoils
And this is why the gun recoils.
"The Hunter" by Ellis Parker Butler
A self-respecting gun I’m sure
Delights to jar the amateur
And thinks that it is no disgrace
To kick his shoulder out of place.
"The Hunter" by Ellis Parker Butler
All loosely he's striding, the amateur's riding
All loosely, some reverie locked in
Of a "vision in smoke", or a "wayfaring bloke",
His poetical rubbish concocting.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
That, all this while, his following had grown.
Around the column, seating was set out
For pious tourist, amateur devout —
The column had more glamour than a throne.
"The Stylite" by Rainer Maria Rilke
And his soul is seasoned, his soul
is very professional.
Only his body remains forever
an amateur. It tries and it misses,
gets muddled, doesn't learn a thing,
drunk and blind in its pleasures and its pains.
"A Man Doesn't Have Time In His Life" by Yehuda Amichai

In news:

English surges in US Amateur.
Guessing what Bob Dylan might do next -- and pondering why he does what he does -- has been a time-consuming avocation for amateur Dylanologists for pretty much the entire half-century of his incomparably inscrutable career.
Guessing what Bob Dylan might do next - and pondering why he does what he does - has been a time-consuming avocation for amateur Dylanologists for pretty much the entire half-century of his incomparably inscrutable career.
There wasn't a baseball draft of amateur players in Jester 's day, and he was led to the Braves by a baseball scout.
Golf Jonson advances to PNGA Junior Amateur Round of 16.
In the Round of 16 at the PNGA Junior Boys' Amateur Championship in Lakewood Thursday.
Golf Jonson medals at US Amateur Qualifier.
Juno Beach amateur takes title in playoff.
WEST PALM BEACH — Kevin Jorden , an amateur from Juno Beach, playing in his first Tour event, was the winner in a playoff Tuesday at Bear Lakes Country Club.
If you know where to look, you can find great comedy, amazing performances by amateur musicians and full-length films by real filmmakers.
2011 US Women's Amateur: Championship.
Longtime Cathedral head baseball coach Bob Karn has been selected for induction into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Hall honors service to amateur baseball in Minnesota.
In Joe Meno 's new novel, set in the last year of the 20th century, art school dropout Odile Neff and amateur sound artist Jack Blevins work deadening office jobs.
Las Vegas amateur boxer Deyon Christie (middle) poses with coaches Pat Barry (left) and Augie Sanchez (right).

In science:

The first detection of the OT of GRB 030725 was obtained seven hours after the main burst occurred using un filtered CCD imaging with an “amateur ” telescope at the Bronberg Observatory.
The red optical afterglow of GRB 030725
We also present a similar experience done in two classrooms in 2005, in Chˆatenay-Malabry (France) in partnership with an amateur astronomy association (Aph´elie), and discuss future activities.
Bringing Science into Schools through Astronomy. Project ASTRO, Tucson
As members of the amateur astronomy association Aph´elie5 (near Paris, France), we are used to receiving lots of requests from schools to come and talk about astronomy.
Bringing Science into Schools through Astronomy. Project ASTRO, Tucson
Astronomers, both professional and amateur, have collected masses of data on variable stars [Mattei (1997)].
Bayesian-motivated tests of function fit and their asymptotic frequentist properties
That slow work is not likely to be taken up by professional astronomers, but with the increasing availability of moderate sized telescopes and sensitive CCD detectors, it could become the realm of serious amateurs or robot astronomers.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era