An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Craft: 'The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.


Willa Cather (1876-1947, American author)


History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


It is the privilege of any human work which is well done to invest the doer with a certain haughtiness. He can well afford not to conciliate, whose faithful work will answer for him.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Let a human being throw the energies of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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