A Quote by Bernard de Voto on criticism, kindness, skill, tennis, and wisdom

Between the amateur and the professional . . . there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a different integration, a different nervous and muscular and psychological organization. . . . A tennis player or a watchmaker or an airplane pilot is an automatism but he is also criticism and wisdom.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: Across the Wide Missouri, 1947

Contributed by: Zaady