Technic represents the material side of art, as money represents the material side of life. By all means achieve a fine technic, but do no dream that you will be artistically happy with this alone.
There is a technic which liberates and a technic which represents the artistic self. All technic ought to be a means of expression. It is perfectly possible to accumulate a technic that is next to useless.
Josef Hoffmann, cited in Gerig, Reginald (1974) Famous Pianists and their Technique. Washington: Robert B. Luce Inc., p. 1-2.