Nature and Art Shape Rude Materials

"When a carver makes an image he shapes only that part whereupon he worketh ; as, if he be upon the face, that part which shall be the body is but a rude stone still, till such times as he comes to it; but contrariwise, when Nature makes a flower or a living creature, she formeth rudiments to all the parts at one time. So in obtaining virtue by habits.....or (by application) to good ends."Advancement of Learning ii. 1.


"There is a divinity that shapes our ends
Rough-hew them as we will."
Hamlet v.2. - Sir Francis Bacon's New Advancement of Learning