The perfectionist sculptor

by Stephen on January 10, 2013 · 20 comments

in Inspirational Stories

A gentleman once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God.

Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby. Surprised, he asked the sculptor, “Do you need two statues of the same idol?”

“No,” said the sculptor without looking up, “We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage.”

The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage. “Where is the damage?” he asked.

“There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.” said the sculptor, still busy with his work.

“Where are you going to install the idol?”

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high.

“If the idol is that far, who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?” the gentleman asked.

The sculptor stopped his work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said,

“I know it and God knows it!”

Moral – The desire to excel should be exclusive of the fact whether someone appreciates it or not. Excellence is a drive from inside, not outside. Excel at a task today – not necessarily for someone else to notice but for your own satisfaction.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Madhav January 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Very nice. A lesson for everybody.

2 Bro. Thomas January 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Impressive story. Very good moral

3 Esther January 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

This is a good moral. I love it.

4 Arpeeta January 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm


5 Abyb January 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Awesome…very educative

6 Rani January 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

God moral. Awesome……

7 Ajay Kumar January 11, 2013 at 2:35 am

The way of thinking of this gentleman & the way of reply of this sculptor is really great. It’s really appreciating us.

8 Pat January 11, 2013 at 3:10 am

Moral good but should we be making idols of God?

9 Nayana January 11, 2013 at 5:15 am

Nice story. One can lie to others but not to self..

10 Kusuma Endumuri January 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

It’s really impressive… Excellence is drive from inside.. not outside…

11 Sunil January 16, 2013 at 6:01 am

Very nice. We always has to be honest with God.

12 Esther January 17, 2013 at 8:44 am

I have learned a big, Big lesson. Thank you.

13 Aye Chan Aung January 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

I really respect the old sculptor. Thanks a million for the awakening story:)

14 Jalish February 14, 2013 at 2:00 am

Nice story.

Appreciating the attitude of sculptor, however in modern world perfectionists cannot run longer. Due to strict target of cost and time always quality get affected.

15 Noeme D. Catayas March 1, 2013 at 2:52 am

That is being true to one’s self and especially with God.

16 Shanmugasundaram March 22, 2013 at 12:21 am

This is not a story, it’s factual. This happened in Kumbakonam in Tamilnadu. Gentleman was a tourist from abroad. Sculptor is a dedicated worker making idols for temples in South India and abroad.

17 Anoop.K.Francis June 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

I want to be like that enthusiasm.

18 Arifa January 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Great one

19 Rakesh February 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

Such stories are of utmost essence in today’s trend of publicity and reality shows…

20 Arun kamble July 9, 2014 at 6:04 am

Great story

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