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Thought it might be nice to share quotes or sayings that have inspired or shaped the way you work, or look at work.

Some quotes/sayings I recently stumbled across reading about Donn Salt. Definitely trying to apply these to my work. Apparently two qualities looks for by old jade collectors:


"The jade had to be so well carved it denied being carved by a mere mortal"


"The jade carving appeared to be imbued with life"


A quote I found years ago on a leather working forum and helped the way I looked at my carving is:

"The work should look hand made, not home made"

There is definitely a difference!

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What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~ Goethe ~


The enduring favorite quote is part of my signature here on the forum. It has been the encourager at a multitude of points during my career.




PS: Thank you Lachlan, good idea for a topic.

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  • 9 months later...

Nothing in - nothing out - garbage in - garbage out


If you don't try you will never know


What is the worst that can happen? Can you recover from that?


What I say to people starting to carve - you think that is bad, my first pieces were so ugly people thought I had done it on purpose. "I love it, it's so primitive" was something I was once embarrassed to hear, even though it accompanied one of my first sales, now I laugh about it.


Like doctors we can always bury our mistakes

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a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (Laozi)


just keep swimming (Dory from Finding Nemo)


and it came to pass, it didn't come to stay - (Mark Lowry), no matter what you're going through, it will pass, good or bad,enjoy it, it will pass


My Gosh I sound miserable! I'm not, really, no, I'm not, but to learn, to acquire skill and knowledge, you have to start where-ever you are and keep trying, each time you try you get a little better, but enjoy the process, not the results.



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"Learn the rules like a professional so you can break them like an artist."


This is a quote that simultaneously acknowledges the necessity of a foundational skill set, while also encouraging the pursuit of whimsy. This is exactly how I endeavor to approach my work.

I do like that quote. It fits me just right.

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