An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, 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.


Philip Delaney


In a major matter no details are small.


Paul De Gondi


Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.


Francois de Salignac Fenelon (1651-1715, French writer)


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


Edward Gibbon (1737-1794, 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.


William B. Given


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


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.


Michelangelo (1474-1564, 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.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


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.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


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


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic bishop, writer)


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


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


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


Edward Simmons


I have always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.


Lily Tomlin (1939-, American comedienne)


Measure three times before you cut once.


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