Thus I live in the world rather as a Spectator of mankind, than as one of the species, by which means I have made myself a speculative statesman, soldier, merchant, and artisan, without ever meddling with any practical part of life.
Manner and morals have improved, improved wages and world travel during the war have had effect, and the farm labourer now is an intelligent, self respecting workman, on a level at least with the town artisan. The village rustic of the past no longer exists outside of the comic papers.flora thompson
Chacun est artisan de sa bonne fortune.Every one is the architect of his own fortune.
“Do your neighbors burn one another alive?” was how Fraa Orolo began his conversation with artisan Flec. “Do your shamans walk around on stilts?” Fraa Orolo asked, reading from a leaf that, judging by its brownness, was at least five centuries old. Then he looked up and added helpfully, “You might call them pastors or witch doctors.” “When a child gets sick, do you pray? Sacrifice to a painted stick? Or blame it on an old lady?” “Do you fancy you will see your dead dogs and cats in some sort of afterlife?”neal stephenson
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.Henry David Thoreau, in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Princeton University Press, 1980, p.328