Many authors write like amateur blacksmiths making their first horseshoe; the clank of the anvil, the stench of the scorched leather apron, the sparks and the cursing are palpable, and this appeals to those who rank "sincerity" very high. Nabokov is more like a master swordsmith making a fine blade; nothing is amiss, nothing is too much, there is no fuss, and the finished product must be handled with great care, or it will cut you badly.
In love as in sport, the amateur status must be strictly maintained.
He took her up in his arms in the way of a bachelor who has had amateur experience of the carrying of nieces.W(illiam) Pett Ridge
A sure sign of an amateur is too much detail to compensate for too little life.Wilson
A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it; an amateur is one who can't when he does feel like it.James Agate
Every intelligent child is an amateur anthropologist. The first thing such a child notices is that adults don't make sense.john leonard
A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.grandma moses
I saw rich beggars and poor beggars, proud beggars and humble beggars, fat beggars and thin beggars, healthy beggars and sick beggars, whole beggars and crippled beggars, wise beggars and stupid beggars. I saw amateur beggars and professional beggars. A professional beggar is a beggar who begs for a living.william saroyan
Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he himself can't break.bruce schneier
I do believe that in a race, it is naive to think Linux has a hope of making a dent against Microsoft starting from way behind with a fraction of the resources and amateur labor. (I feel the same about Unix.)kenneth thompson
The way forward does not lie in amateur and comically timeless linguistic sociology which takes ‘forms of life ’ for granted (and this is what philosophy has been recently), but in the systematic study of forms of life which does not take them for granted at all. It hardly matters whether such an inquiry is called philosophy or sociology.ernest gellner
It is a misfortune of the times that all of us must needs be amateur economists-including, and perhaps especially, the professionals.benjamin graham
Where, oh where was Mr. Roger Fry in 1905, and why was his voice not heard in the land? How could he allow anybody to call Cézanne an "amateur" with impunity?frank rutter
System is what differentiates the professional from the amateur.
The amateur software engineer is always in search of magic, some sensational method or tool whose application promises to render software development trivial. It is the mark of the professional software engineer to know that no such panacea exist.
The strangest country I ever visited was England; but I visited it at a very early age, and so became a little queer myself. England is extremely subtle; and about the best of it there is something almost secretive; it is an amateur even more than aristocratic in tradition; it is never official.
I've had different opportunities in my life, but I've tried to maintain the spirit of an amateur. Our culture roots everything in the barometer of success and how much money you make. But if you really just aspire to a life in the arts, it's really not a barometer at all.ethan hawke