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.     


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.     


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