the extraordinary cannot be forced into existance

Frank Zeier wrote a book on making books and boxes: Books, Boxes and Portfolios: Binding Construction and Design, Step by Step, translated from the German by Ingrid Li. That's about all I know about him - my mother owns the book and I've looked at it at my parents' house, which is where I ran across the quotation I have in the mix on my website's front page:

The more the work is approached as a unit, the better are its chances for turning out well. Sensational effects are all too often pursued, to the detriment of "just right" solutions. The extraordinary cannot be forced into existence, but might result unexpectedly and surprisingly from constant and earnest effort.

"The extraordinary... might result unexpectedly and surprisingly from constant and earnest effort." 

What an offer - what a promise.  I love the idea that if you turn up and work very very hard, every day, you could be surprised by something extraordinary. 

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