Craft Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old craft quotes, craft sayings, and craft proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it. Flannery O'Connor
Craft against craft makes no living. George Herbert
Work done by you with unconditional love and pure devotion goes straight in the category of divine and immortal craft. Seema Brain Openers
When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time. Lady Gaga
For the artisan, craft is an end in itself. For you, the artist, craft is the vehicle for expressing your vision. Craft is the visible edge of art. David Bayles
It is not enough to know your craft you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more. Edouard Manet
Craft is a trick you make up to let you write the poem. Anne Sexton
Art without heart is craft. Eric Gibbons
Craft can get you through ninety percent of a piece, but it's art that carries you at the end. Stephen Graham Jones
There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman. Emile Zola
Writing is a craft, being an author is work, and having readers and a following is a gift. Michael J. Kannengieser
Art that submits to orthodoxy, to even the soundest doctrines, but lacks imagination and deep self-expression is lost leaving only the craftsmanship. Andre Gide
The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness. John Steinbeck
In crafting ther eare no mistakes just unique creations. Anonymous
The Craft was what it was. People who respond to that movie respond to it really strongly. Robin Tunney
The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas. Raymond Chandler
The craft of painting has virtually disappeared. There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it. For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century. Balthus
Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves. Phyllis George
The only thing you have then to believe in is your craft. Frank Langella
The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps, so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in Dylan Thomas
You should put time into learning your craft. It seems like people want success so quickly, way before they're ready. Lucinda Williams
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. Johannes Brahms
The Crafts which require the most Time intraining or most Ingenuityand Industry must necessarily be the best paid. Richard Cantillon
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. Ernest Hemingway
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft. David Hockney
Your craft is comprehensive if it represents you. Unarine Ramaru
You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do. Steve Martin
Craft can be practiced by anyone, regardless of the skill or artistry that has come to be demanded by those who preach craft. Like a good meal, a good Crafternoon shouldn't need much - a few quality ingredients, a couple of good friends, and a little bit of creativity. Maura Madden
If you're lucky as you get older, you respect the craft and it becomes a skill. Frank Langella
If you learn the craft, you can make a movie and get by with tricks. D. B. Sweeney
If you're any good at all, you know you can be better. Lindsay Buckingham
The craft of the novelist does lie first of all in story-telling. Elizabeth Bowen
A craft can only have meaning when it serves a spiritual way. Titus Burckhardt
Whatever your craft is, be a master of it. Being half assed at something, people will eventually see through. Kid Rock
The life so short, the craft so long to learn. Hippocrates
Craft is part of the creative process. Gavin Bryars
Craft is everything. Omari Hardwick
You either create something and you keep it a secret and you die with it, or you can benefit the craft. Vidal Sassoon
Our craft is all we have. So, we should keep it challenging and exciting. Else, there's no actual growth. Jacqueline Fernandez
Before undertaking his craft, the artisan first sharpens his tools. Chinese Proverb
No one masters his craft the first day. Roman Proverb
He who is of the craft can discourse about it. Italian Proverb
I did not begin with craft, I began with strong feelings and worked toward craft. Dorothy Allison
Art stands on the shoulders of craft, which means that to get to the art, you must master the craft. If you want to write, practice writing. Ann Patchett
A screenplay is a piece of carpentry, and except in the case of Ingmar Bergman, it's not an art, it's a craft. And you want to be as good as you can at your craft. William Goldman
With practice, the craft will come almost of itself, in spite of you, and all the more easily if you think of something besides technique. Paul Gauguin
The only craft and technique you have legitimate access to is the craft and technique you forgot, that has dissolved itself into the unconscious ...because you have learned it so well you have forgotten it. Robert Olen Butler
The objects are a medium of communication between people who live profoundly different lives but who can respond to the symbols, textures, and forms that express distinct cultural traditions. June C. Nash
There may be an element of art in craft or an element of craft in art. Malcolm McCollough
Craft is certainly an application of skill, and it may yet involve the skilled hand. Malcolm McCollough
Being made by human hands, the craft is made for human hands: we can not only see it but caress it with our fingers. Malcolm McCollough
Craft remains skilled work applied toward practical ends. It is indescribable talent with describable aims. It is habitual skilled practice with particular tools, materials, or media, for the purpose of making increasingly well-executed artifacts. Malcolm McCollough
Craft is certainly an application of skill, and it may yet involve the skilled hand. Malcolm McCollough
Crafts, in all their variety, are considered suitable markers of cultural identity. Graburn
A work of utility might also be a work of art if we cared to make it so. William Morris
Words have to be crafted, not sprayed. They need to be fitted together with infinite care. Norman Cousins
Work your craft; until it becomes an art form. Johnnie Dent, Jr.
He who works with his hands is a laborer. / He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. / He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. Francis of Assisi
Craft makes our homes more human. Ilse Crawford
There is something deeply satisfying in shaping something with your hands. Proper artificing is like a song made solid. It is an act of creation. Patrick Rothfuss
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. Leo Tolstoy
Life is a craft no one masters. But we will see an abundance of amazing colors, beautiful views, and stunning insights along the way. Ricky Maye
Crafting your work beats being told what to do. Richie Norton
Hands can cook, hands can create, hands can kill. There is no better tool than our hands. Amit Kalantri
The art and craft of early childhood teaching are in making decisions about fun, play, and work. And it is this crafting that distinguishes the professional from the babysitter, parent, or childminder. Susan Grieshaber and Felicity McArdle
No. Not yet. A craftsman only. But I dream to be an artist. I pray that someday if I work with enough care if I am very very lucky, I will make a weapon that is a work of art. Call me an artist then, and I will answer. William Goldman
...the making of stories is only one part of my craft -mainly, I'm a heart whisperer... John Geddes