Quotes of the Day for 28 May 2009 – Amateur and Professional
Wa-Tho-Huk was born in Indian Territory near what is now Prague, Oklahoma on this day in 1888. In 1907 he went to the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania and led the school's football team to great success. He played a little minor-league baseball, then represented the US in the 1912 Olympic Games at Stockholm taking the gold for both the pentathlon and decathlon. The world knew him as Jim Thorpe rather than by his given name. Alas, that minor-league baseball career had been played under this name and when that was discovered he was stripped of his medals. The winners of the silver medals refused to accept Thorpe's gold medals, the IOC finally restored his medals and his place in the record book in 1983, thirty years after his death. Despite Thorpe's outstanding football career after the Olympics, his name will always conjure up the confusion over who is an amateur, who is a professional, and whether or not there should be a distinction.
A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.
- Alfred Alistair Cooke, 1908 - 2004
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. But amusing? Never.
- Edna Ferber, 1885 - 1968
Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasureable it my be.
- Edward Weston, 1886 - 1958
Do not quit. You see, the most constant state of an artist is uncertainty. You must face confusion, self-questioning, dilemma. Only amateurs are confident ... be prepared to live with the fear of failure all your art life.
- W. O. Mitchell
We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 1770 - 1831
Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
- Alvin Toffler, Future Shock
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