The following is a favorite quote that I came across several years ago:
It is not difficult to be great occasionally; the real challenge is to be good consistently.
— Richard Avedon (photographer)
I discovered the quote in a photography article from the Washington Post. For more on Avedon, the context of the quote, what it means to be an artist, and the application of the term artist to photographers, check out Frank Van Riper’s article.
… Avedon’s comment goes to the heart of what it means to be an artist: of the camera, the pen, the piano, the scalpel, the kitchen – anything in the long catalog of human endeavor.