On Craftsmen

“When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman."

Jean de la Bruyere, 17th century French essayist

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist."

Louis Nizer, trial lawyer, artist, lecturer, and advisor

“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman."

Émile Zola, 19th century French writer and naturalist

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Published: September 8, 2008Last updated: September 8, 2008

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