"What you need most," said Ebenezer, "in making things, is skill, not tools."
"Skill!" repeated John, much surprised. "We could not do anything if we had ever so much skill, unless we had tools to work with."
"That is possible," said Ebenezer; "but still if you have skill you can do a great many things with very few tools, but without the skill you cannot do anything if you have all the tools in the world. To give a chest of tools to a boy who does not know how to use them is like giving a pair of spectacles and a spy-glass to a blind man."
quote from "John Gay; or, Work for Boys Vol. I Work for Winter (1864)
It always amazes me that though we think this age is different from the past, nothing has really changed but our ability to ignore the truth.