A bad workman always blames his tools

Good workmanship depends no more on the quality of the tools than it does on the way in which they are used, so to blame the tools for the bad workmanship is to attempt to excuse one’s own lack of skill. For example: ‘I lost the watch because my racket needed re-stringing.’ ‘my essay wasn’t very good because I had to use someone else’s pen.’ ‘How did you expect me to me to catch fish with this rod?’ To allĀ  these the response could be: ‘A bad workman always blames his tools.”

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