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Pedantry is the showy display of knowledge which crams our heads with learned lumber and then takes out our brains to make room for it.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

Many blunder in business through inability or an unwillingness to adopt new ideas. I have seen many a success turn to failure also, because the thought which should be trained on big things is cluttered up with the burdensome detail of little things.

Author: Philip Delaney


While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.

Author: St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622)

Profession: Roman Catholic Bishop, Writer

The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

Details often kill initiative, but there have been few successful men who weren't good at details. Don't ignore details. Lick them.

Author: William B. Given


In a major matter no details are small.

Author: Paul De Gondi


Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.

Author: Heraclitus

Profession: Greek Philosopher

The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.

Author: Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695)

Profession: French Poet

Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.

Author: Michelangelo (1474-1564)

Profession: Italian Renaissance Painter, Sculptor

One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite -- that particular peach is but a detail.

Author: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Profession: Spanish Artist

Measure three times before you cut once.

Author: Proverb


Carelessness is worse than a thieve.

Author: Gaelic Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Gaelic Origin

Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.

Author: Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Profession: British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.

Author: Edward Simmons