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Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.
When should a college athlete turn pro? Not until he has earned all he can in college as an amateur.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.
As compared with the college politician, the real article seems like an amateur.
A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.
I can find my way from 500 A.D. through to 1066 pretty well as an amateur historian.
I've returned to being an amateur without any ties or strings attached, which gives me a freedom I never had before.
Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.
By the time I was 22, I was a professional. A young and flawed professional, but not an amateur.
It's certainly true that I was brought up in that British amateur tradition, the one which always held that if you were reasonably good at cricket, knew one or two Latin texts and a few zingy Oscar Wilde quotes for dinner parties, you were pretty much ready to go and run some outpost in Hindustan.
I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University.
I am not really certain how original my contribution to music is as I am obviously an amateur.
I think I already proved that I wasn't just fighting for the money, because I fought as an amateur. I fought 90 fights for free.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Volunteering has been undervalued in Britain for a long time. Often it has been seen as a kind of cut-price, amateur version of work that would be better done by the state. When politicians speak about it, people hear in the background the sound of budgets being cut.
Although my family - parents and sister - all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on.
I was a fairly good amateur musician, and I was an average professional. But the one thing I saw was that the big band business was fading.
I'm an amateur science enthusiast. I'm not even a professional enthusiast. I don't know anything; I never even passed biology in high school. But I read the science section of the newspaper.
I'm not going to talk like I know about politics, because I'm a total amateur, but maybe I can be a spokesperson for people who aren't normally interested in politics.
I'm a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor.
It's a complex relationship when your dad happened to be president and you are president and then you have all the amateur psychology that goes on when people try to speculate about motivations.
When I look at a lot of older stuff that I've written, I think one sign of amateur humor writing is when you see people trying too hard.
There is a great supply of amateur undertakers in show business.
I'm not supposed to be able to speak clearly, and decipher what's going on in the media. I'm supposed to be the typical amateur who's 22 and scared to death and can't believe he won the Olympics.
Amateurism is the strongest form of discrimination in sports. Because it discriminates against the underprivileged, it discriminates against the poor. If we want sports to go back to the wealthy, let's make it amateur again.
I do like books on anatomy. I have to say I'm an amateur physician, I guess.
So as an amateur Olympic competitor I loved criticism, because it made me better. But now as a professional I don't really know how to channel it or where to take it, so I don't take it quite as well.
The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest.
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