Since reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance I have been fascinated with the idea of quality. It comes up a lot as I research definitions and understandings of Craftsmanship. Today I came across this quote by John Ruskin:
"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship. Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved."