Mastery Sayings and Quotes

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


Ah, mastery... what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills... and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing.     

Gail Sheehy

Mastery is not a question of genetics of luck, but of following your natural inclinations and the deep desires that stirs you from within.     

Robert Greene

You become a master in what you repeatedly do in consistency. Mastery is not born; it is acquired. It is not blood-linked; it is skill-learnt!     

Israelmore Ayivor

To arrive at a place called Mastery, you must commit to daily and rigorous practice. Enjoy practising your craft for its own sake without turning your attention to your ultimate destination. Understand, once and for all, that the journey is as important as the destination.     

Robin Sharma

Mastery is not a function of I.Q. or natural talent or wealthy parents who can send you to the best school, but rather the result of going through a learning process, fueled by the desire to grow and the persistence to push past any obstacles.     

Robert Greene

People with a high level of personal mastery are able to consistently realize the results that matter most deeply to them-in effect, they approach their life as an artist would approach a work of art. The do that by becoming committed to their own lifelong learning.     

Peter Senge

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.     

Albert Einstein

We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process, a journey. The master is the one who stays on the path day after day, year after year. The master is the one who is willing to try, and fail, and try again, for as long as he or she lives.     

George Leonard

Perhaps the best you can hope for on the master’s journey, whether your art be management or marriage, badminton or ballet—is to cultivate the mind and heart from the beginning and at every stage along the way. For the master, surrender means there are no experts. There are only learners.     

George Leonard

To become a master at any skill, it takes the total effort of your: heart, mind, and soul working together in tandem.     

Maurice Young

You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work … You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success.     

Chef Jiro

A step towards what you fear is a mile towards mastering it.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

When what we have mastered becomes mundane, we feel pain. The antidote is pursuit.     

Kelsey Ramsden

The Advanced Level is Mastery of the Basics.     

Ray Mancini

Champions realise that defeat - and learning from it even more than from winning - is part of the path to mastery.      

Rasheed Ogunlaru

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.     

Michelangelo Buonarroti

In order to keep himself at the top of his condition, to obtain complete mastery of all his powers and possibilities, a man must be good to himself mentally; he must think well of himself.      

Orison Swett Marden

Creativity follows mastery, so mastery of skills is the first priority for young talent.      

Benjamin Bloom

Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity.     

Christopher Zeeman

Self-Mastery is the characteristic column post of Intellectuality.     

Stargee Noel-Bois

Mastery... is to work toward simplicity; replace complex technology with knowledge, hard work, and skill.      

Yvon Chouinard

Mastery in work and in life is about committing yourself to being excellent in everything you do, no matter how small and no matter if no one is watching. Do you practice excellence in your most private moments?      

Robin Sharma

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.     

Napoleon Hill

We generally follow what others have done, performing the accepted exercises for these skills. This is the path of amateurs. To attain mastery, you must adopt what we shall call Resistance Practice. The principle is simple – you go in the opposite direction of all of your natural tendencies when it comes to practice.     

Robert Greene

If you intend to take the journey of mastery, the best thing you can do is to arrange for first-rate instruction.     

George Leonard

What we call 'mastery' can be defined as that mysterious process through which what is at first difficult or even impossible becomes easy and pleasurable through diligent, patient, long-term practice.      

George Leonard

Master yourself and you master your environment! Such is the nature of wisdom.     

Nicole Williams

Order and simplification are the first steps towards mastery of a subject     

Thomas Mann

The fearful seek to serve themselves by mastering the world, while the fearless seek to serve the world by mastering themselves.      

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Mastery is great, but even that is not enough. You have to be able to change course without a bead of sweat, or remorse.     

Tom Peters