The private ownership of great art, its seclusion from the general view of men and women, let alone from that of interested amateurs and scholars, is a curious business. The literal disappearance of a Turner or a Van Gogh into some Middle Eastern or Latin-American bank vault to be kept as investment and collateral, the sardonic decision of a Greek shipping tycoon to put an incomparable El Greco on his yacht, where it hangs at persistent risk — these are phenomena that verge on vandalism.
Relegating conservation to government is like relegating virtue to the Sabbath. Turns over to professionals what should be daily work of amateurs .aldo leopold
It is beginning to be hinted that we are a nation of amateurs.
Hell isfull of musical amateurs: music isthebrandyofthe damned.George Bernard Shaw
Only amateurs attack machines; professionals target people.bruce schneier
The two oldest professions in the world — ruined by amateurs.alexander woollcott
[O]pen platforms and experimental amateurs ... eventually beat out the spendy, slick pros. ... Relying on incumbents to produce your revolutions is not a good strategy. They're apt to take all the stuff that makes their products great and try to use technology to charge you extra for it, or prohibit it altogether.cory doctorow
Incompetent amateurs have given prostitution a bad name.camille paglia