Posts tagged ‘skill’

2013

wasted

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.

Hunter S. Thompson, in a Rolling Stone interview (1996)

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2013

genius

He was a genius—that is to say, a man who does superlatively and without obvious effort something that most people cannot do by the uttermost exertion of their abilities.

Robertson Davies, Fifth Business (1970)

2012

killing fish

If you want to know why you didn’t make a boat. I’ll tell you. You’re just out there hammering the water. You’re killing fish, not rowing.

Jim Dietz in David Halberstam’s  The Amateurs (1996)

2012

skillful

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

English proverb (unsourced, undated)

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