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Practice

  • It is obvious, that theory alone, can never make a good artist; and it is equally obvious, that practice unaided by theory, can never correct errors, but must establish them.

    • Emma Hart Willard,
    • speech to the Connecticut legislature, A Plan for Inproving Female Education ()
  • The adage is true that if you miss one day's singing you notice it yourself; if you miss two your coach notices it; and if you miss three your public knows it.

  • What has been done in small things can be done in large.

  • ... inventiveness is childish, practice sublime.

  • ... all our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise ...

  • You should never listen to someone practice. That is their work and theirs alone.

  • Aim at a high mark and you'll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success.

    • Annie Oakley,
    • in Brenda Haugen, Annie Oakley: American Sharpshooter ()
  • Practice doesn't make perfect, nor is it supposed to. Practice is about increasing your repertoire of ways to recover from your mistakes.