Riz asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

What is the origin of the saying " amateurs built the ark , professionals built the Titanic"?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    A common and popular saying that means that the accepted wisdom isn’t always accurate. The Biblical Noah built an ark and saved humanity from a great flood; the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 to New York City. That's a comparison.

    The earliest citations come from non-American sources. The Globe and Mail (Canada) has the phrase from 1979, from Globe and Mail resident wit Richard J. Needham (1912-1996). A 1981 source credits the saying to “a disgruntled British comedian.” There are two 1984 citations from England and a 1985 citation from Ireland (attributed to “John Parker"). Richard Needham (born in 1942) used the phrase in 1984 and in his memoir, Battling for Peace: Northern Ireland’s Longest-Serving British Minister (1999), but there is no reason to suspect that this Richard Needham used the saying before Canada’s Richard J. Needham’s 1979 reference.

  • cepero
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Amateurs Built The Ark

  • 1 decade ago

    This is a popular saying meaning that the accepted wisdom isn’t always accurate. The Biblical Noah built an ark and saved humanity from a great flood; the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 to New York City.

    The earliest citations come from non-American sources. The Globe and Mail (Canada) has the phrase from 1979, from Globe and Mail resident wit Richard J. Needham (1912-1996). A 1981 source credits the saying to “a disgruntled British comedian.” There are two 1984 citations from England and a 1985 citation from Ireland (attributed to “John Parker").

    Hope this helps! :D

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  • Amy
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    4 years ago

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    It is kind of a double-edged sword. Christians will say it meaning that with God's help, even someone without ship-building experience can build a ship which could carry thousands of creatures for hundreds of days. Skeptics will say it meaning that it's impossible that an "amateur" could build an ark which could survive a cataclysm, especially with that cargo (a few people and thousands of animals), especially since professionals built such a massive ship which still sank (Titanic).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In other words, just because you're an amateur doesn't mean you're not skilled, and just because you're a professional doesn't mean you are. The ark held up, the Titanic didn't. Hope I helped.

  • 3 years ago

    The origin is BOOGERS!

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