Great creations take time. Some take six days (with divine assistance). The grandest of human handiwork can take a lifetime or two.
This is a golden expression that can be used in both written and spoken English.
Some French speakers who speak English as a second or third language have adopted a robotic style of English. This is not their fault. It’s the way English has been taught. If I ask a student: How are you? I know 90% will respond with this robotic reply: Fine and you?