Monthly Archives: March 2008

St Thomas Aquinas Quote

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”….. St. Thomas Aquinas Just found this on someone else’s blog. I will check the attribution.

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Just goes to show you should always check attribution. On further research I have discovered that this quote has also been attributed to Louis Nizer who was also supposed to have come up with “A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.

Of course Nizer lived several hundred years after St. Thomas, so it might have been an appropriation.

St. Thomas apparently did say: ” The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.