“Collectors are basically of two kinds; those who aim at completing a series, and those who long to possess things that have bewitched them. The former, of whom stamp and coin collectors are the obvious examples, enjoy the pleasures of a limited aim, and its comforting certainties. The latter may suffer ups and downs, changes of heart and deceptions, but they have several great advantages. They never know when some new love will inflame them; they learn a great deal more about themselves from their possessions; and in the end they are surrounded by old friends, with long love stories which they must try hard not to tell their friends.”
Kenneth Clark, Another Part of the Wood: A Self-Portrait
Do you place yourself in either of these two camps? In The Happiness Project, I write about my attempt to have a collection — because collections look like so much fun — but I’m not really a collector at heart.