Quotes: Technician vs. Performer

"He is the world's greatest actor who wants to become a movie star. You are the world's greatest movie star who wants to become an actor. And this movie isn't going to help either of you."

"This may only be my theory... but speaking in broad terms, there are two types of manga artists who succeed in this world. One is the type of person who draws what they want to draw. To put it in rather negative terms they’re the ones who rely on natural instinct, or in positive terms they’re the "genius" type. The other type is the type of manga artist like you, Takagi, who creates a hit through calculation. And the one who has the chance of potential of creating a smash hit is by far the non-calculating person."
(He pauses as Mashiro and Takagi react in surprise)
"Okay, sorry, let me put that in a different way. It’s basically harder to calculate a smash hit. In other words, those who can create a smash hit through calculation have an advantage. They won’t end up as a one-hit wonder. And, if we editors could calculate hits like that, we’d get big promotions! Ha ha ha."
Akira Hattori, Bakuman。

Cutter: The trick was too good, it was too simple. The audience hardly had time to see it.
Robert Angier: He's a dreadful magician.
Cutter: No, he's a wonderful magician. He's a dreadful showman. He doesn't know how to dress it up, how to sell the trick.

"I have hands David, hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life, I wanted to play. But I do not have the gift, I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You've performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live, because the true gift is in your head, and in your heart, and in your soul."
Major Charles Winchester, M*A*S*H, Season 8 Episode 19 "Morale Victory"

Owain: Well, if you're going to be a hero, there's only one real option... Wait until your friends are on the brink of defeat, then show up and smite the enemy! There's nothing more heroic than a big comeback.
Cynthia: That's terrible! I can't do that!
Owain: Why not? A hero always shows up at the last minute. It's in the job description.
Cynthia: No, it's not! A real hero is there the whole time, tirelessly defending her allies!
Owain: Noooo, I'm pretty sure a hero has to show up and save everyone at the very end. ...Huh. Weird. We always agreed on this kind of stuff before.

Tagge: I look at the state of the Empire and ask myself "How many Super Star Destroyers could we have made with the resources we threw into Tarkin's Folly?"
Vader: Tarkin had vision. You have graphs.
Tagge: I have the graphs and the command. My plans may not be as glamorous or as grand as yours or the departed Tarkin but they work.

"They say my games should be more 'interesting'. I could be more 'interesting'—-and also lose."
— Tigran Petrosian, world chess champion

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
— Pablo Picasso

"[Neil Young] pauses and looks out the window. 'At a certain point, trained, accomplished musicians'—which is to say, not him—'hit the wall. They don't go there very often, they don't have the tools to go through the wall, because it's the end of notes. It's the other side, where there's only tone, sound, ambience, landscape, earthquakes, pictures, fireworks, the sky opening, buildings falling, subways collapsing.... When you go through the wall, the music takes on that kind of atmosphere, and it doesn't translate the way other music translates. When you get to the other side, you can't go back. I don't know too many musicians who try to go through the wall.' He stops for a moment. 'I love to go through the wall,' as if you ever doubted it for a moment."
— Steve Erickson, Neil Young On a Good Day