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1. "Hiding is for amateurs."
Author: Ally Carter
2. "Macey was just starting to argue when Abby asked, "What can you tell me about the gunmen?""They're amateurs," Hale said at the exact same time Macey told her teacher, "They're pros."
Author: Ally Carter
3. "True artists unburden their envies and work toward encouraging amateurs."
Author: Aniruddha Sastikar
4. "I remember leaving the hospital - thinking, 'Wait, are they going to let me just walk off with him? I don't know beans about babies! I don't have a license to do this.' We're just amateurs."
Author: Anne Tyler
5. "Interior decorating is a rock-hard science compared to psychology practiced by amateurs."
Author: Antonin Scalia
6. "Writer David Foster Wallace said that he thought good nonfiction was a chance to "watch somebody reasonably bright but also reasonably average pay far closer attention and think at far more length about all sorts of different stuff than most of us have a chance to in our daily lives." Amateurs fit the same bill: They're just regular people who get obsessed by something and spend a ton of time thinking out loud about it."
Author: Austin Kleon
7. "Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. They're in love, so they don't hesitate to do work that others think of as silly or just plain stupid."
Author: Austin Kleon
8. "Look, I debate for a living so I don't need to learn any lessons from amateurs."
Author: Bill O'Reilly
9. "That woman is a volcano on the point of eruption, with a libido of igneous magma yet the heart of an angel,' he said licking his lips. 'If I had to establish a true parallel, she reminds me of my succulent mulatto girl in Havana, who was very devout and always worshiped her saints. But since, deep down, I'm an old-fashioned gent who doesn't like to take advantage of women, I contend myself with a chaste kiss on the cheek. I'm not in a hurry, you see? All good things must wait. There are yokels out there who think that if they touch a woman's behind and she doesn't complain, they've hooked her. Amateurs. The female heart is a labyrinth of subtleties, too challenging for the uncouth mind of the male racketeer. If you really want to possess a woman, you must think like her, and the first thing to do is win over her soul. The rest, that sweet, soft wrapping that steals away your senses and your virtue, is a bonus"
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
10. "It is actually possible to become amateurs in suffering."
Author: Charles Robert Maturin
11. "I'm different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. Dying's for fools, dying's for amateurs."
Author: Charlie Sheen
12. "It's wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs."
Author: Christopher Moore
13. "The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case."
Author: Chuck Close
14. "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself."
Author: Chuck Close
15. "I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work."
Author: Chuck Close
16. "Sometimes, I wish we were all amateurs again. I'd play for nothing. Ab-so-lute-ly free. But that's not the system."
Author: Dan Marino
17. "Amateurs in professional situations make me very impatient."
Author: David Coverdale
18. "Anytime you're afraid to try something new...just remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the titanic."
Author: David Drake
19. "What a mistake that had been, to create a construct [AI] that could suffer. He knew that now. Life, pain, death, they were no playthings. Biology was serious business, not for amateurs and foolish gods."
Author: David Marusek
20. "There are no amateurs in the world of children."
Author: Don DeLillo
21. "It's different today than it was then. In those days we were strictly amateurs. If I had wanted to stay in for the '80 Olympics, my parents couldn't have afforded it."
Author: Dorothy Hamill
22. "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. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!"
Author: Edna Ferber
23. "In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs."
Author: Francois Truffaut
24. "Those were the great days when plenty of amateurs could spare time for cricket."
Author: Frank Woolley
25. "Amateurs hope, professionals work."
Author: Garson Kanin
26. "Hell is full of musical amateurs."
Author: George Bernard Shaw
27. "History is one of the only fields where contributions by amateurs are taken seriously, providing you follow the rules and document your sources. In history, it's what you write, not what your credentials are."
Author: George Dyson
28. "General ideas are more flattering. And then professionals and even amateurs always end up by being right"
Author: Jean Paul Sartre
29. "For far too long the House of Commons has been run as little more than a private club by and for gentleman amateurs."
Author: John Bercow
30. "As it was, things went from bad to worse, as they often will when amateurs are involved in an activity that they perform in bad temper – or in a hurry."
Author: John Irving
31. "I do uphill skiing; I don't do downhill skiing. I think that's for nerd amateurs."
Author: Judah Friedlander
32. "I think for a lot of amateurs, their alignment is always out."
Author: Karrie Webb
33. "People over the age of thirty were born before the digital revolution really started. We've learned to use digital technology—laptops, cameras, personal digital assistants, the Internet—as adults, and it has been something like learning a foreign language. Most of us are okay, and some are even expert. We do e-mails and PowerPoint, surf the Internet, and feel we're at the cutting edge. But compared to most people under thirty and certainly under twenty, we are fumbling amateurs. People of that age were born after the digital revolution began. They learned to speak digital as a mother tongue."
Author: Ken Robinson
34. "I love mixing amateurs and professionals."
Author: Lasse Hallstrom
35. "I'd known cruelty in a school—cruelty that would keep these amateurs up all night. But this kind of scene—crowds batting around a person because they thought he was weak—happened to be my personal trigger."
Author: Laura Anderson Kurk
36. "A qui recommander mon livre? Aux amateurs du genre, bien entendu, mais aussi aux gens qui, comme moi, sont à la base fans de polars, ou ont d'autres lectures. Le fantastique n'est pas mon premier amour, et en mettant les pieds dedans, j'ai amené tout ce qui m'a fait aimer l'écriture et a construit mon sens du récit."
Author: Marika Gallman
37. "At this point, a few words on this term 'horror' are perhaps called for. Some amateurs of this kind of literature engage in endless hairsplitting disputes, centered around this word and its close companion 'terror', as to which' stories may so be categorized and which may not, and whether or not descriptions such as weird or fantasy or macabre are preferable. The designation 'horror', with its connotations of revulsion, satisfies me no more than it does the purists but I believe that it is the only term which embraces all the stories in this collection and which succinctly suggests to the majority of readers what is in store for them. Horror then, in this instance, covers tales of the Supernatural and of physical terror, of ghosts and necromancy and of inhuman violence and all the dark corners and crevices of human belief and behavior that lie in between. ("An Age In Horror" - introduction)"
Author: Michel Parry
38. "You are trying to lure us into revealing information you're not entitled to? With chocolate and wine? Are you amateurs?"
Author: Moira J. Moore
39. "History — the product, not the raw material — is a bottle with a label. For many years now, the emphasis of historical discussion has been laid upon the label (its iconography, its target-group of customers) and upon the interesting problems of manufacturing bottle-glass. The contents, on the other hand, are tasted in a knowing, perfunctory way and then spat out again. Only amateurs swallow them."
Author: Neal Ascherson
40. "The routines of almost all famous writers, from Charles Darwin to John Grisham, similarly emphasise specific starting times, or number of hours worked, or words written. Such rituals provide a structure to work in, whether or not the feeling of motivation or inspiration happens to be present. They let people work alongside negative or positive emotions, instead of getting distracted by the effort of cultivating only positive ones. ‘Inspiration is for amateurs,' the artist Chuck Close once memorably observed. ‘The rest of us just show up and get to work."
Author: Oliver Burkeman
41. "Les hémorragies cérébrales sont moins fréquentes chez les amateurs et les joueurs de football que chez le reste de la population. Les cerveaux aussi."
Author: Pierre Desproges
42. "I hate traveling with amateurs."
Author: Rachel Caine
43. "Those who are esteemed umpires of taste, are often persons who have acquired some knowledge of admired pictures or sculptures, and have an inclination for whatever is elegant; but if you inquire whether they are beautiful souls, and whether their own acts are like fair pictures, you learn that they are selfish and sensual. Their cultivation is local, as if you should rub a log of dry wood in one spot to produce fire, all the rest remaining cold. Their knowledge of the fine arts is some study of rules and particulars, or some limited judgment of color or form which is exercised for amusement or for show. It is a proof of the shallowness of the doctrine of beauty, as it lies in the minds of our amateurs, that men seem to have lost the perception of the instant dependence of form upon soul."
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
44. "Even our behavior and emotions seem to have been shaped by a prankster. Why do we crave the very foods that are bad for us but have less desire for pure grains and vegetables? Why do we keep eating when we know we are too fat? And why is our willpower so weak in its attempts to restrain our desires? Why are male and female sexual responses so uncoordinated, instead of being shaped for maximum mutual satisfaction? Why are so many of us constantly anxious, spending our lives, as Mark Twain said, "suffering from tragedies that never occur"? Finally, why do we find happiness so elusive, with the achievement of each long-pursued goal yielding not contentment, but only a new desire for something still less attainable? The design of our bodies is simultaneously extraordinarily precise and unbelievably slipshod. It is as if the best engineers in the universe took every seventh day off and turned the work over to bumbling amateurs."
Author: Randolph M. Nesse
45. "...for we are all amateurs at life, but if we do not focus too much on our mistakes, a miraculous picture emerges. And we learn that it's not the beauty of the image that warrants our gratitude--it's the chance to paint."
Author: Richard Paul Evans
46. "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."
Author: Stephen King
47. "Relationships is not a game of amateurs is what people say..But they begin to foster between amateurs and become a reason to make them matured grown-ups!"
Author: Sujit Lalwani

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