Quote for the Day: The Powerlessness of Tools

(See previous quote here.)

“A tool just serves its user. It’s only as good as the skill of its user, and it’s not good for anything else. So if you want to accomplish something special — something more than you can do for yourself — you can’t use a tool. You have to use a person and hope the surprises will work in your favor. You have to use something that’s free to not be what you had in mind.” (Stephen R. Donaldson, The One Tree, chapter 22)

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One thought on “Quote for the Day: The Powerlessness of Tools

  1. a tool can be too complicated for its user to understand or master it. the user may not really understand its potential.

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