Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.
It would be bypassing the issue to say that the artist's business is to work with this and that material or manipulate the findings of perceptual psychology, and that the rest should be left to other professions.
A healthy and wholesome cheerfulness is not necessarily impossible to any occupation.
I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
Financial firms are sending their back-office jobs overseas. But what do fine artists do? They create something new, unexpected, and delightful that changes the world. MFA abilities are harder to outsource and more important in an abundant world.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
If an artist and a scientist have a common point, it is probably in the need for some kind of imaginative thinking to interpret the material they have.
All professions are... filled with demands.
To be a housewife is a difficult, a wrenching, sometimes an ungrateful job if it is looked on only as a job. Regarded as a profession, it is the noblest as it is the most ancient of the catalogue. Let none persuade us differently or the world is lost indeed.
I simply make music, and people have always been foolish enough to pay me for it. I never told them that I would have done it all for nothing.
You know when I decided to become professional - that means to expose yourself naked to the world with the other creative minds - I said, 'I'm going into areas I don't know. I might just fall right down to hell and kill myself.
I have always thought of myself as a painter derailed by circumstance.
There is no such thing as an amateur artist as different from a professional artist. There is only good art and bad art.
Now then, you of noble mind, who love this profession, come at once to art and accept these precepts: enthusiasm , reverence, obedience, and perseverance. As soon as you can, place yourself under the guidance of a master, and remain with him as long as possible.
What we make is more important than what we are, particularly if making is our profession.
It is not right for painters to think that painting is like prostitution, that 'first you do it for love, then you do it for others, and finally you do it for money.
As an actor, I'm thankful I have lived not one life, but many.
I look back on my years as a Wall Street lawyer as time spent in a foreign country.
Art is not a career - it's a life.
Square astronaut, round hole. But somehow, I'd managed to push myself through it, and here was the truly amazing part: along the way, I'd become a good fit. It had only taken 21 years.
I was always an artist. I was a broker to earn a living, but I was always thinking about my art.
The true professional makes art when he is not feeling good, if the studio is too cold or too warm or the walls are falling down. We are painters and we paint. If I were a sculptor, I'd sculpt.
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