My dad had a couple maxims he used frequently. Regarding precision in woodworking (in his case, carpentry) "Measure with a micrometer, mark with chalk and cut it with and ax." And about necessary tools, "If it can't be fixed with a pall peen hammer and a 12" common, the problem is electrical."
He was a farmer and the hammer and screwdriver was accompanied by a wad of baling wire and a rusty pair of pliers in the tractor tool box.
'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton
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