100+ Best Craft Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational craft quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Craft Quotes

I was always a theater buff. One of the best things is to have your own character to craft and design. — Tim Reitz

I’m so focused on trying to craft the story that I’m in my own little world with it and that process. The one reader I’m trying to please as I write is me, and I’m pretty difficult to please. — Sara Zarr

Craft comes into acting later rather than sooner. I was somebody who had to learn through a process – a natural actor doesn’t need to. — Sean Penn

Even in making objects, as soon as you start to get the feeling that some form of craft is coming into place, you realize that everything is wrong. Because craft is really just a fetish. It is wasted energy. It’s about the object, some space which has nothing to do with the human. — Jeff Koons

We need to be careful that we don’t push the problem around from one weakest state to the next. You’ve got to craft a solution that preserves security and still provides access to the medicines that millions of Americans need. — Dave Murray

Our position is pretty singular. We think … that the law enforcement aspect of city government should be first and foremost. We can craft contract language that’s constructive to meet the goals of the city, the citizens and the police officers themselves. — Kevin Durkin

I think that for a long time it scratching was sort of frowned upon within music because people didn’t understand that there was a craft involved. — Eric San

It is difficult to think of our craft without him. — Walter Cronkite

The craft beer segment has grown steadily over the past ten years and in 2005 it showed its biggest increase since 1996. The strong growth in craft beer sales over the past several years shows American consumers’ continuing interest in flavorful American beers. — Paul Gatza

Hardboiled crime fiction came of age in ‘Black Mask’ magazine during the Twenties and Thirties. Writers like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler learnt their craft and developed a distinct literary style and attitude toward the modern world. — Charles Frazier

Growing up in Seattle, I had the opportunity to take classes since I was 7 years old. I did theatre. I auditioned for film, television, commercials, and built up not just a resume but also some confidence. I learned how to master my craft before arriving in Los Angeles. — Zoe McLellan

Bad improv happens with people who are inexperienced with each other and don’t know the craft that well. But bad stand-up is something that could happen to someone at any level in their career. — Kristen Schaal

He was a real kind of lawyer’s lawyer and what he cared about was the craft and that was a very striking thing about him. He’s a very careful, serious lawyer and not someone who makes a snap judgment. — John Manning

Any talk of ‘craft’ makes me laugh. My music looks outward; it does not gaze upon itself in admiration. Artisanal is for cheesemakers. I don’t know anything about music theory. Every time I approach my guitar, it’s like the first time. There’s no craft in that. — Bill Callahan

Senator Coats and Congress were very careful to craft a law that was constitutionally sound while at the same time effectively addressed American family concerns about the distribution of commercial pornography on the Internet. — Matt Smith

My race for Congress has been and will continue to be focused on the voters of the 8th Congressional District. I have not been an insider in Madison, and I believe that has given me a tremendous opportunity to craft major reforms that served my constituents who live in Northeast Wisconsin. () — Rep. McCormick

I eat a lot. I’m a big sandwich dude. Turkey, mayonnaise, mustard, cheese, yes. I love craft services. — Jason Mitchell

I was really learning my craft as a jazz singer and working with some great players and all, really growing and feeling my wings. — Al Jarreau

I believe that I improve with every book I write – most writers will probably tell you the same thing. I’m still learning my craft and will be until the day I drop dead at my computer. In my opinion, art isn’t something that can be perfected. There’s always room for improvement. — David B. Coe

I think storytelling is a thing of beauty, and also very difficult. It’s a craft you have to continue to work at. — James Gray

Journalism is a craft that takes years to learn. It’s like golf. You never get it right all the time. It’s a game of fewer errors, better facts, and better reporting. — Ben Huh

I think the reason for my fascination with craft is what it represents, what it means in our culture, what it means in our history and in humanity. It was the idea that you could go to your butcher to get something, you could go to your tailor to get this, and you could go to your cobbler to get that. — Waris Ahluwalia

You may love football, but that doesn’t mean you have any business trying to play the sport. It’s the same thing with filmmaking… everybody has a great idea for a movie, but do you have the stamina to get good at your craft and deal with how heartbreaking it is? — Adam Green

I maintain that today many an inventor, many a diplomat, many a financier is a sounder philosopher than all those who practice the dull craft of experimental psychology. — Oswald Spengler

Jeffrey Zeldman had an astonishing ability to craft a seductive coolness using educated references, dry humor, and retro/organic imagery. — Matt Mullenweg

I think we all want to find the love of our life and live our fantasies. What art student hasn’t used his art to get girls? What journalists or actors haven’t used their craft as well? It’s a very human instinct to pursue. — Max Minghella

With so many young playwrights, the true craft of writing for living voices is not what it used to be. They write for attention spans of 10 minutes between adverts. — Athol Fugard

I think that, in principle, a workshop is such a beautiful idea – an environment in which writers who are collectively apprenticed to the craft of writing can come together in order to collectively improve. — Eleanor Catton

I don’t want to live in a bubble, in my craft or in the world… I can’t, I would be cheating myself out of my generation and the world we live in. — Diane Lane

I love the craft of acting, I love learning, I love everything that comes with the new project; the whole process is totally intoxicating to me. — Annette Bening

I always craft my words to the point where I think and hope they’re perfect before I ever begin sketching. — Kevin Henkes

It destroys the craft not to learn it — Irish Sayings

We’ve doubled up at some of the lifeguard towers here, down in the Waikiki area, and we’ve also brought in a second rescue craft to service our very high activity area here, — Jim Howe

We are getting a good response so far for this being our first try at a craft show, and depending on the participation by vendors and attendance by the community. We would like to try to do this annually. — E. O. Wilson

He was very bright and talented. What he did was learn his craft well. As he said, you can’t be stupid and get eight gold records in the music market. … He studied what he needed to do as a legislator. But he also had wonderful timing, and he was just naturally a humorous person, and when you combine that and the timing he learned from the entertainment industry, he was just a knockout. — William Thomas

I get my ideas from everywhere — preschools, Web sites and craft books. — Denise Inman

I always envisioned working in film and in theater. Theater and film are not, they’re not in any way substitutable. What I love about theater is so different from what I love about film, and I enjoy the craft of both. — Lupita Nyong’o

Our goal is to craft a bipartisan bill with broad support across the committee, and we’re looking at a mark-up date possibly in May but more likely in June. — Andrew Gray

Like many beginning writers, I had to make the difficult leap from short stories to learning the craft and form of a novel. — John Dalton

If a writer is to tell his own story – tell it slowly, and as if it were a story about other people – if he is to feel the power of the story rise up inside him, if he is to sit down at a table and patiently give himself over to this art – this craft – he must first have been given some hope. — Orhan Pamuk

Restoring the Biloxi Lighthouse Fishing Dock and the Small Craft Harbor will help bring back some beauty and enjoyment to this great city. — Nick Russo

I worked as a busboy in real life. I have some calluses that are not just from snacking at the actors’ craft service table, — Ryan Reynolds

Global security can be formed or threatened by heads of state whose wisdom, folly and obsessions shape global events. But often it is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril. — Michael Hayden

I have developed my eye as a cinematographer through the craft of operating. When I am not operating, I am often anxious, uncertain, restless, sometimes irritable. When I am in the position of working with Steadicam or remote cameras, I fly with a broken wing. — Robert Richardson

I was terrified of being on stage, and I had to work very hard at a craft to get past that. — Alan Arkin

For every prescriptive idea about the craft of fiction, there’s at least one writer who makes a virtue of the contrary. — Sarah Hall

There is an alternative that is being worked on that is not ready for discussion now, and members on the committee and others in the Congress are carrying on conversations to report to myself and (House Minority) Leader (Dick) Gephardt tomorrow afternoon. We will try to craft an alternative that is both fair and prompt, — John Conyers

Witches are the kind of more traditional, home and family, craft people – so they’re the ones who are making things; crocheting shawls and things like that. But then they also have that slightly confident, dangerous, edge. I always see them as having very extreme hair, either amazingly beautiful straight hair or kind of wild. — Deborah Harkness

There are as many routes to writing success as there are writers who got there. My advice, however, applies across the board: read widely, learn the craft by whatever means you can – workshops and writing programs are ideal, but even self-study can work – apply what you learn, and persevere. — Therese Fowler

There are people who say they want to write novels. They think, ‘I’ll learn my craft on the romance novel.’ If you don’t love the genre, it’s going to show, and it’s not going to be a good book. — Julia Quinn

Art can’t be taught; passion can’t be taught; discipline can’t be taught; but craft can be taught. And writing is both an art and a craft. — Elizabeth George

According to ‘Star Trek’ mythos, Starfleet Command – operational headquarters for a flotilla of craft that keep the cosmic peace – is located in San Francisco’s Presidio, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge (still carrying traffic, even in the 23rd century). — Seth Shostak

To craft a full package of offsets, everything should be on the table. — Maya MacGuineas

Good conductors know when to push and when to lay back. I’ve known so many great conductors that I’m still doing what I can to learn the craft of this role. — Joshua Bell

We believe that these people would just contact these girls. They would look for a wayward girl on the street, possibly down and out. They would play into those insecurities. They would bring them back to this residence, ply them with alcohol ? and then eventually bring them in and train them in the craft of prostitution. — Pete Smith

Everything starts and ends with the song, and working with writers and really learning their process and craft was an invaluable experience. — Tommy Mottola

Anyone who takes the craft of songwriting seriously I radiate towards. Spending time with Daryl Hall was a dream come true. I picked his brain a lot because Hall And Oats is timeless. — Travie McCoy

I think that what I do, in terms of how I craft my words rhetorically, is fairly simple stuff. I don’t mean that to denigrate myself. I mean that in the sense of, when I write, the person that I keep in mind is my mother-in-law. — John Scalzi

In the world of literature, I see prizes as more of a duty to the craft itself, rather than as something for the individual. — Wole Soyinka

John Hall and I worked shoulder-to-shoulder for nearly a decade in the trenches of politics and public service. No one was more devoted to his craft and to working families. He was passionate about his profession, and particularly in helping young people. In his service on the Contractors State License Board, he was a staunch advocate for professional standards for his trade. We will miss him dearly. — Fabian Nunez

I admire his willingness and his desire to master the craft to create visual art. — Michael Bingham

We had to depend on other institutions to do research on our behalf. We had to use the information that already existed to craft the best practices to distribute throughout the country. And we had to do all of that in ten months. — DeForest Soaries

I think one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned is to put your head down and work. Don’t look at other people and compare yourself. Just do the work. Because when the opportunity is there, you have to be ready. Make sure your craft is refined and you’re constantly working on it. — Tika Sumpter

And we turned off and 30 miles south they’re standing in the middle of our road blocking our way, stopped the car, got out, took us through the path in the woods, where the craft was on the ground. — Betty Hill

One of the damaged craft had to be towed to port. Seven sailors were wounded. — Sanath Karunaratne

If they respect the craft and what we’re doing and they bring something to the table and they work hard, I don’t care what you do as your side job or as your day job. — Anthony Anderson

One of the things I would suggest to anybody who is feeling burnt in the film business, … They should spend one hour with Martin Scorsese and they’ll be rejuvenated, because this man has so much passion and love for the craft of filmmaking that it’s impossible not to have it rub off on you. It’s exhilarating to be around. — Nicolas Cage

One of the things I learnt over the years is that there is a craft to writing, like there is a craft to acting. I hadn’t done my apprenticeship as a writer. I did try to be a writer for hire but I’m not any good at it. — Lennie James

I think the theater is basically the boot camp for the actor. If you can survive the rigors of an eight-show-a-week schedule and be at your best all the time, you can handle virtually everything because no other craft requires you to get it right every single time. — Corey Reynolds

Records have never really been my strong suit. I’ve always been a much better live act. I didn’t understand the language of the studio. You sing differently in a studio. The language, the craft – it’s just a whole different deal. I avoided the problem on my first record by doing a live album. — Jewel

I love what I do, and I love the audience, and I love the fact that I get to do it, and I love, I love our craft very, very, much, and it’s a noble craft. We have a responsibility to it, and to the audience, and to the playwright, and to the message. I won’t ever care less. — Patti LuPone

Spike optioned my first book, ‘Now the Hell Will Start,’ and he trusted me to write the screenplay, too. That was an awesome learning experience – I grew up watching Spike’s movies, and here he was giving me handwritten notes about structure and dialogue. His feedback taught me so much about how to craft a cinematic narrative. — Brendan I. Koerner

Growing up, my dad owned a restaurant in Washington, DC, and food was something I was passionate about. But when I finally got into it, I felt like it was so late in the game; that’s why I worked seven days a week at Craft and Mercer Kitchen. I wanted to see how far I could take it. — David Chang

We’re setting out to craft recommendations that we believe will be do-able and reasonable. — Julian Fantino

I didn’t craft the authorization. I am responding to a lawful order. — B. R. Hayden

It’s still incredibly hard. Not just honing my craft but kicking down doors, getting my work published. Early on, I could have wallpapered my house with all the rejection letters sent my way. I put thousands of hours and pages into four novels that never saw the light of day. — Benjamin Percy

I kind of thought that stand-up comedy would suffer from the Internet because people seem to know more about the craft of stand-up than ever before. I thought it would seem trite. Kind of like if you know more about magicians, you wouldn’t love them. — Jerry Seinfeld

While one party may possess the levers of power, one party does not possess a monopoly on good ideas. Good lawmaking, after all, is about the ability to craft effective solutions. — Bill Owens

She was a buxom grandmother noted for her detective stories, who gazed mournfully at the camera as if deploring either the bloodiness of her craft or the size of her advance. — D. James

I believe we’re a lot closer to the same philosophies than they are portraying now. Were there points in those meetings when both sides were clearly frustrated and Trevor was clearly frustrated? Absolutely, and I understand that. I can only take that back and try to process that and try to find a way to satisfy the concerns he was raising. We’re trying to craft something that will work for both sides. And I can tell you that I think we’re a lot closer than they’re suggesting we are. — Bill Daly

And I’m very surprised that all this stuff actually worked out to where I could have a career in film, gain the benefit of my education, and be thankful that I was able to break into my craft as an actor. — Terrence Howard

I see similarities in the sports I played growing up in the sense of how I tackle a role when I get a job. A lot of effort goes in on an individual basis. There is a lot of time spent by yourself working on your craft and what you have to do. But, at the end of the day, you’re there to serve the movie just like you would the rugby team. — Luke Bracey

I think it’s important for an actor to see the work they’ve done because every time you revisit a work you come up with a new way of improving it. It’s a good way to brush up your craft and your skills, so I think it’s a good thing to do, keep seeing your films. — Abhishek Bachchan

Photojournalism provokes conversation and thought, which all good journalism should do. The exhibition provides an excellent teaching opportunity, fostering discussion about how we cover events of our time and the needs of society, while talking about the profession and craft of journalism. — Michael Parks

I’ve been a radio reporter for ten years, and if I learned anything from my time at ‘This American Life,’ it’s how to craft a narrative so that even if the ending is ambiguous, it is somehow satisfying. — Sarah Koenig

The life of an athlete does have to be lonely and you have to be focused on your craft and what you do. Loneliness is just a sacrifice you make as an Olympic-level athlete. — Johnny Weir

In short, avoiding the scourge of unemployment may have less to do with chasing after growth and more to do with building an economy of care, craft and culture. And in doing so, restoring the value of decent work to its rightful place at the heart of society. — Tim Jackson

Film and stage are very different; I don’t necessarily prefer one over the other. Every few years, I get a big itch to go back to the theater. To learn humility, to learn bravery and to remind yourself that the pistons that drive your craft are working on full power. And to remind yourself how badly paid actors can be. — Rhys Ifans

At some point, all comics have to go out and be retail salesmen doing door-to-door. And this idea of somebody who totally knows their craft having to get up for free in front of a crowd to work out some stuff they’re thinking in their head, still, after as much success as you can get, is really interesting. — Ira Glass

There are no moral lectures in ‘Lookaway, Lookaway;’ there aren’t even any lessons. But there is passion. It is a work that hides its craft but never its beauty, that is ambitious but never pretentious, that does not sacrifice nuance for power or power for nuance. — Cathleen Schine

By the time I was twenty-three, I’d given up any thought of becoming a fiction writer, and I didn’t return to the craft for over two decades. But, at the age of forty-five, return I did. — Eric Flint

My philosophy is to take back the word craft rather than get rid of it. I’m interested in design, art. — W. S. Gilbert

I take my craft seriously, of course, but I don’t feel the need to always play a certain character or a certain part or persona. I’m not going to cut something out of my life because it’s not ‘my image.’ I want to be open enough that if I love something, I can do it, and it will add to myself as an entertainer. — Tinashe

We are bringing women into politics to change the nature of politics, to change the vision, to change the institutions. Women are not wedded to the policies of the past. We didn’t craft them. They didn’t let us. — Bella Abzug

There is more to life than a job. I didn’t ever want to look back and point to a bookshelf of videotapes and say, ‘That’s been my life.’ It’s so much easier to write a resume than it is to craft a spirit. — Jane Clayson

Our latest research confirms a major change in consumers? behavior as it relates to the way they choose to interact with the brands they love and trust. For retailers with a credit card offering, this represents an enormous opportunity to craft relevant, timely e-mail communications that not only save costs but generate incremental revenue opportunities and customer satisfaction. The retailers who fail to capitalize on this opportunity will soon find themselves losing market share to those who are more actively offering and promoting this service to their most loyal of customers. — Al DiGuido

I would absolutely recommend for actors to start in the theater because it establishes a foundation in your craft that you can build off of. — Freddy Rodriguez

I will tell you this, there will be a craft this year so much better than anything ever seen in the history of the Cardboard Classic. The only tip is, apparently it’s yellow. — E. Hurley

I went to a seminar early in my career on the craft of storytelling by Robert McKee. It was really life altering. There are basic principles on how to craft an engaging story and he covers them well. He’s got a book out, ‘Story,’ that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in improve their storytelling. — Jane Jensen

Oktoberfest is a celebration, and craft brewers in the U.S. have earned the respect of the world. Brewers make special beers to fit the occasion. — Ray Daniels

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