Quotes and Sayings about Detail



"Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Business, Life, Nature, Attention, Being, Detail, Psychology)

"I had a really good time with Martha Stewart, who also is somebody I really admire a lot. I've learned a lot from her and I think all of America has, about attention to detail and using fresh ingredients and making things beautiful and special."
- Ted Allen
(Related: Time, America, Attention, Detail)

"Besides all those whaling details, Moby Dick is about someone who's looking for something so huge, something they've wanted all their life, yet they know when they find it, it will kill them."
- Laurie Anderson
(Related: Life, Will)

"The level of detail and craft is something that's inscribed within the original design concept. And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing I want the building to have."
- Tadao Ando
(Related: Design, Building, Detail, Want)

"Normally I work out a general summary of what I mean to do, then start writing, and the details can be different from my anticipation. So there is considerable flow, but always within channels."
- Piers Anthony
(Related: Work, Anticipation, Writing)

"To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail."
- Giorgio Armani
(Related: Detail)

"Peace congresses often start by dealing with some of the less important questions in excessive detail, so at the end there is no time to discuss the most important problems."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Peace, Time, Detail, End, Problems, Questions)

"We have long possessed the art of war and the science of war, which have been evolved in the minutest detail."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Art, Science, War, Detail)

"I never examined what I did in any great detail because I thought it would spoil things. I never read the scripts at all carefully, and never wanted to know what was going on, because I felt that being a benevolent alien that's the way it should be."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Thought, Being, Detail)

"I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details and positive developments, any very large portion of human knowledge."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Knowledge, Positive)

"The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Art, Detail, Devotion, Motherhood, Self)

"I have been watching and drawing the surface of Mars. It is wonderfully full of detail. There is certainly no question about there being mountains and large greatly elevated plateaus."
- Edward E. Barnard
(Related: Being, Detail, Mountains, Question)

"I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end."
- Drew Barrymore
(Related: Life, Detail, End, Regret)

"I'm proud of Lord of the Rings. I think it's a once in a lifetime role, and a once in a lifetime film. It was made with so much care and passion and meticulous detail and everybody was so behind it."
- Sean Bean
(Related: Care, Detail, Film, Passion)

"I am a control freak. I am very hands on and pay attention to details."
- Victoria Beckham
(Related: Control, Attention)

"In the 19th century the anatomy of the eye was known in great detail and the sophisticated mechanisms it employs to deliver an accurate picture of the outside world astounded everyone who was familiar with them."
- Michael Behe
(Related: Detail, Eye, World)

"Fear is a great motivator. Look at what 9-11 has accomplished - My god. It's slammed the economy, It's - I can't even begin to detail all it's actually done, other than bring down the buildings and hit the Pentagon. It's stunned the entire nation."
- Art Bell
(Related: God, Fear, Detail, Economy, Nation)

"People have criticised me because my security detail is larger than the president's. But you must ask yourself: are there more people who want to kill me than who want to kill the president? I can assure you there are."
- Marion Berry
(Related: People, Detail, President, Security, Want)

"Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure."
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Related: Fear, Discipline, Failure, Goal, Habit, Attention, Confidence, Excitement, Pride, Respect)

"I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Memory, Night, Solitude, Thinking)

"Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail."
- Malcolm Bradbury
(Related: Culture, Detail, World)

"Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house-the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house."
- Benjamin Britten
(Related: Driving, Road, Windows)

"I didn't want readers to have to make allowances for what they couldn't see, but to be able to say to themselves that the fabric of the magic detailed was perfectly believable."
- Terry Brooks
(Related: Magic, Want)

"I currently spend a lot of time thinking about orchestration and every detail of a piece."
- Gavin Bryars
(Related: Time, Detail, Thinking)

"So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level. We'll create a world for people and then later present a narrative in that world."
- James Cameron
(Related: People, Literary, Present, Sense, World)

"In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies."
- L. Sprague de Camp
(Related: Detail, Writing)

"The Republicans have put together serious detailed counter-proposals when we have objected to this administration's agenda. And so, I want to tell the President and remind him again, we're not voting no for political expediency. We've got our principles, and we're going to stand up and defend those."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Expediency, President, Principles, Republicans, Voting, Want)

"But Sergio Leone invented totally the way of, you know, the details, the eyes, the hands - fantastic."
- Claudia Cardinale
(Related: Eyes)

"I'm not one of those people that goes into details of my personal life on national TV to get attention. Some things are better left unsaid."
- Mariah Carey
(Related: Life, People, Attention)

"The rest is a mere matter of detail, to be settled with judgment, discretion, and caution."
- John Griffin Carlisle
(Related: Caution, Detail, Discretion, Judgment, Rest)

"Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience."
- Dale Carnegie
(Related: Purpose, Detail, Language)

"With my somewhat vague aspiring mind, to be imprisoned in the rude details of a most material life was often irksome."
- Edward Carpenter
(Related: Life, Mind)

"You must be absolutely honest and true in the depicting of a totem for meaning is attached to every line. You must be most particular about detail and proportion."
- Emily Carr
(Related: Detail, Meaning)

"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Related: Detail, Photography)

"Here, the broader issues are already familiar, and discussion has focused at a more sophisticated and detailed level. Within the philosophy of mind, the problem of consciousness is no big news."
- David Chalmers
(Related: Consciousness, Mind, News, Philosophy)

"I've been on the show for six years and I don't even know what her history is. I sort of make things up in my mind, but I think it's hard for an audience to follow and invest in a character when they don't have the details."
- Crystal Chappell
(Related: History, Character, Mind, Years)

"What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully."
- Victor Cherbuliez
(Related: Love, Habit, Detail, Foresight, Luck, Mind, Vanity)

"And for every project, because it takes years, you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple, vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit, you see that every detail is now clarified."
- Christo
(Related: Idea, Detail, Now, Project, Years)

"Occasionally, I would focus on a particular school project and become obsessed with, what seemed to my mother, to be trivial details instead of apportioning the time I spent on school work in a more efficient way."
- Steven Chu
(Related: Time, Work, Mother, Focus, Project, School)

"We were fortunate enough to have several good books detailing the camps and the women. Some were by the survivors. I also got to talk to some of the women who had been in the camp, survivors."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Women, Books, Talk)

"We are going to have a huge Oscar issue, you are going to see everything in such beautiful detail."
- Steven Cojocaru
(Related: Detail)

"The day Tarzan opened in London, I sat in a hotel room and discussed the project in detail."
- Phil Collins
(Related: Day, Detail, London, Project)

"If you write a story based on a real person, you're trapped by the details of the real person and his life. It gets in the way of writing your own story."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Life, Writing)

"Among these temples there is one which far surpasses all the rest, whose grandeur of architectural details no human tongue is able to describe; for within its precincts, surrounded by a lofty wall, there is room enough for a town of five hundred families."
- Hernando Cortes
(Related: Rest, Tongue)

"A final proof of our ideas can only be obtained by detailed studies on the alterations produced in the amino acid sequence of a protein by mutations of the type discussed here."
- Francis Crick
(Related: Ideas, Proof)

"An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details."
- Roald Dahl
(Related: Life, Autobiography)

"We don't often look into these unpleasant details of our great struggle. We all prefer to think that every man who wore the blue or gray was a Philip Sidney at heart."
- Rebecca H. Davis
(Related: Heart, Man, Struggle)

"The hesitancy is in the detail, not the principal. There has been no resistance to the principal of women playing in the Open if they are qualified for it. We are not dragging our feet. It's just that we never had cause to think about it before."
- Peter Dawson
(Related: Women, Cause, Detail, Feet, Open)

"One of the problems with sex education... is that it also strips kids - especially girls - of their modesty to have every detail of anatomy, physiology and condom usage made explicit."
- James Dobson
(Related: Education, Sex, Detail, Girls, Kids, Modesty, Problems)

"A lot of our entertainment throws into detail the stagnation and illness of how we live today-it's sad and it's sick... and it's profitable."
- Heather Donahue
(Related: Detail, Entertainment, Illness, Today)

"Familiar life, tending to sordidness, had been succeeded by remote life, generally idealized; historical detail had been brought in to teach readers who were being entertained."
- Carl Clinton Van Doren
(Related: Life, Being, Detail)

"I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Moments)

"With NOAH, you can create some stunning, yet original soundscapes. Therefore, as a performance tool, it really comes into its own because you can make one single performance which has a lot of detail."
- Geoff Downes
(Related: Performance, Detail)

"The really big difference is that what you make with a molecular machine can be completely precise, down to the tiniest degree of detail that can exist in the world."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: Detail, Difference, Machine, World)

"A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail."
- John Foster Dulles
(Related: Life, Accomplishments, Attention, Detail, Effect, Man)

"There are a lot of times that if a detail in a scene or a beat, feels unnatural, they'll allow me to explore another direction to go until we're all comfortable with what we are doing."
- George Eads
(Related: Detail, Direction)

"The details are not the details. They make the design."
- Charles Eames
(Related: Design)

"The details are details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life."
- Charles Eames
(Related: Life, End, Will)

"The amount of detailed information which an individual has at his command and his theoretical elaborations of the same are mutually dependent; they grow in and through each other."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Information)

"I have always felt that this story is universal. When I began to understand the details of the history, I felt that the most compelling aspect was not what happened, but what continues to happen and how it is denied."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: History)

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Religion, Admiration, Mind, Spirit)

"I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Gods, Thoughts, Rest, Want)

"No, we always had something to do because I did all the wave runners and jet skis and boats approaching the atolls and stuff like that, so you could do that without showing the actual atoll or the set that you're going towards, but detailing all those guys racing towards it."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Boats, Racing)

"The average husband enjoys the total effect of his home but is usually unable to contribute any of the details of work and organisation that make it enjoyable."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Home, Work, HusbEffect)

"The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Art, Architecture, Expression, Vice)

"Game management is accomplished by staying constantly alert and then reading and reacting to potential problem situations before they materialize. It all boils down to paying attention to details."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Management, Attention, Potential, Reading)

"Beware of the person who can't be bothered by details."
- William Feather
"I have always made an effort to render every detail of my reality with the greatest accuracy; but I have never paid attention to whether my presentation of historical facts was an exact one."
- Lion Feuchtwanger
(Related: Accuracy, Attention, Detail, Effort, Facts, Reality)

"Success is the sum of details."
- Harvey S. Firestone
(Related: Success)

"The tendency of modern scientific teaching is to neglect the great books, to lay far too much stress upon relatively unimportant modern work, and to present masses of detail of doubtful truth and questionable weight in such a way as to obscure principles."
- Ronald Fisher
(Related: Work, Truth, Books, Detail, Neglect, Present, Principles, Stress, Teaching, Weight)

"It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual."
- Alexander Fleming
(Related: Thought, Idea, Perception, First, May)

"I enjoy learning technical details."
- Ken Follett
(Related: Learning)

"The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Attention, Detail, Flying, Focus, Meditation)

"I was enchanted by the escape into that meticulous world that seemed real yet not... well, it seemed not real, but very detailed and meticulous, bizarre."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Bizarre, World)

"Male and female gossip also sounds different, as women use more animated tones, more detail and more feedback."
- Kate Fox
(Related: Women, Detail, Gossip)

"I think my view is that whenever you project into the future you're never likely to be accurate in the details, or the paraphernalia and style."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Future, Project, Style)

"The English light is so very subtle, so very soft and misty, that the architecture responded with great delicacy of detail."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: Architecture, Detail, English, Light)

"Recently though, our State Governments have discussed instigating a carbon trading scheme - the details are still to be decided - and that's an encouraging sign."
- Peter Garrett
(Related: Encouraging, State)

"Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution."
- Theophile Gautier
(Related: Art, Beauty, Care, Choice, Detail, Execution, Invention, Words)

"The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Detail, Events)

"This time all the historical details and things were right. But I'd written it again in third person, and people found it dry. I decided to throw that one away."
- Arthur Golden
(Related: Time, People, Right)

"Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether it's in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance."
- Benny Goodman
(Related: Music, Life, Detail, Losing)

"I remember everything, even the dates. But I don't want others to remember the details, just the image."
- Gloria Grahame
(Related: Want)

"Mandatory sentencing guidelines have become as complicated and detailed as the IRS code!"
- Harold H. Greene
"In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Accuracy, Detail, Memories, Past, Remarkable)

"I may not have a practical mind, but it's very fixated on concrete things. I like detail."
- Alma Guillermoprieto
(Related: Detail, May, Mind)

"The scenarios of biological or chemical warfare painted in detail by the American media during the months after September 11 only betray the inability of the government to determine the magnitude of the danger."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: Government, American, Danger, Detail, Media, Months)

"We citizens don't need to know every detail of every military operation in this new kind of war. Nor should the media tell us and hence our enemy."
- David Hackworth
(Related: War, Detail, Enemy, Media, Military)

"I knew that the Hague Convention prohibited the use of poison in war. I didn't know the details of the terms of the Convention, but I did know of that prohibition."
- Otto Hahn
(Related: War, Poison, Prohibition)

"I did not know many of the details relevant to the Iran and contra initiatives."
- Fawn Hall
"My writing style is very sensual, as in sensory detail."
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Related: Detail, Style, Writing)

"Well we took it apart scene by scene. We examined every sentence, every full stop, every comma. He has a most wonderful eye for detail, Roman, and you know, he's a very good artist."
- Ronald Harwood
(Related: Artist, Detail, Eye)

"You can't imagine how much detail we know about brains. There were 28,000 people who went to the neuroscience conference this year, and every one of them is doing research in brains. A lot of data. But there's no theory. There's a little, wimpy box on top there."
- Jeff Hawkins
(Related: People, Detail, Research, Theory)

"Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Detail)

"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Life, Man)

"I suppose that I was a kind of consultant for taste. Is it good taste? Or bad taste? I had an attention to detail, to what would tell best the story. Because many people get excited about the work and drift off from the story."
- John Hench
(Related: Work, People, Attention, Detail, Taste)

"One must be entirely sensitive to the structure of the material that one is handling. One must yield to it in tiny details of execution, perhaps the handling of the surface or grain, and one must master it as a whole."
- Barbara Hepworth
(Related: Execution, Yield)

"Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details."
- Heraclitus
(Related: Men, World)

"I knew the Apple II was great when I bought it, but as I dug into the details it just completely blew me away the creative artistic approach that the designers had taken."
- Andy Hertzfeld
"From a consideration of the immense volume of newly discovered facts in the field of physics, especially atomic physics, in recent years it might well appear to the layman that the main problems were already solved and that only more detailed work was necessary."
- Victor Francis Hess
(Related: Work, Consideration, Facts, Physics, Problems, Years)

"Since I was doing all of it myself, I had to decide where I wanted to go with the songs, how to proceed with the chords, if the sound was alright, and all that detail on my own."
- Utada Hikaru
(Related: Detail, Songs, Sound)

"Once you get the right image the details aren't that important."
- Abbie Hoffman
(Related: Right)

"Among other things they picked out a detail that Charles had been offered the Governorship of Hong Kong in its dying days by Thatcher in return for shutting up about the inner cities. He quite rightly in my view led the paper on this story."
- Anthony Holden
(Related: Cities, Detail, Dying)

"People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: People, Detail, Talk)

"In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention."
- Lou Holtz
(Related: Successful, Attention, Detail)

"Ellis Peters's historical detail is very accurate and very minute, and therefore is not only interesting to read but good for an actor to acquire a sense of the period. And the other thing I think is that an actor lives in the land of imagination."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Imagination, Actor, Detail, Land, Sense)

"Al Gore has dedicated his life to detail. George W. Bush has not. He's the first to admit it."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Life, Detail, First)

"But it really wasn't until three to four years later, when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations, and comparisons with other fossil discoveries, that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Opportunity, Comparisons, Years)

"We demand that people should be true to the pictures we have of them, no matter how repulsive those pictures may be: we prefer the true portrait in all its homogeneity, to one with a detail added which refuses to fit in."
- Pamela Hansford Johnson
(Related: People, Detail, May)

"The reason Apple is really good, I think, and the reason their stores succeeded, is not just 'cause we know the big idea, but we have a real passion for the littlest detail. It's legendary in our products."
- Ron Johnson
(Related: Idea, Detail, Passion, Reason)

"The great thing about Stephen is that he sees the movie as a separate thing, I think. He wants it to capture the essence of the book, and if he feels that's been done, then he's not too particular about the details. I think that's why he's happy."
- Lawrence Kasdan
"Similar to the telescope or the telephone, television enables us to see or hear things we never dreamed of. When you look at the details, a concrete scene between people is really something incredibly unlikely, something subtle that requires extended description."
- Alexander Kluge
(Related: People, Television)

"Once I start writing about something, it goes off rather fast, and sometimes details which might be interesting such as what the room looked like or what somebody said that was not exactly on the same subject tend to get lost."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Writing)

"The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject."
- Michael Korda
(Related: Attitude, Agitation, Consideration)

"Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about."
- Louis Kronenberger
(Related: Detail)

"Without going into too much detail, the end of my major action scene, after the climax of the scene, there was one little change that I suggested regarding the way things should turn out. It was in the detail of the tears of blood."
- Chiaki Kuriyama
(Related: Change, Action, Blood, Detail, End, Tears)

"I always work from an outline, so I know all the of the broad events and some of the finer details before I begin writing the book."
- Mercedes Lackey
(Related: Work, Events, Writing)

"Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history."
- Alphonse de Lamartine
(Related: History, Providence)

"I compare it to being in a car accident. There's so much adrenaline rushing through you that you remember being in the accident but you don't remember any of the details."
- Brooke Langton
(Related: Car, Accident, Being)

"With these kinds of proposals, the devil is in the details. We're going to examine this realignment closely. We will fight any measure that compromises our needs - now or in the future."
- John B. Larson
(Related: Devil, Fight, Future, Measure, Needs, Now, Will)

"All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!"
- T. E. Lawrence
(Related: Architecture, Detail, First, Will, World)

"If you want to solve very complex problems, you will have to end up letting machines work out a lot of the details for themselves, and in ways that we don't understand what they are doing."
- Joshua Lederberg
(Related: Work, End, Machines, Problems, Want, Will)

"As soon as you go into any biological process in any real detail, you discover it's open-ended in terms of what needs to be found out about it."
- Joshua Lederberg
(Related: Detail, Needs, Open)

"What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry."
- Laurie Lee
(Related: Life, Poetry, Country, Eyes, Flowers, Names, Open, Teaching)

"Through the continued accumulation of detailed and reliable knowledge about elementary reactions, we will be in a better position to understand, predict and control many time-dependent macroscopic chemical processes which are important in nature or to human society."
- Yuan T. Lee
(Related: Nature, Society, Time, Knowledge, Control, Will)

"How people are around a director, it really does affect everything, every detail of the life of the movie."
- Daniel Day Lewis
(Related: Life, People, Detail)

"I do like to work on a Marvel method, so if I've got the opportunity, and the writer is happy to do it, I like to have a writer detail what happens on a page, but not saying what happens in every scene."
- David Lloyd
(Related: Work, Opportunity, Detail, Saying, Writer)

"If there is a gay uniform, the differences are in how each man coordinates the details: the brand and cut of the jeans, the design of belts and boots, the haircut, the number and size of earrings."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Design, Gay, Man)

"All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish."
- Gustav Mahler
(Related: Detail)

"For me, there's a fine line between telling a story that's fictional with lots of details and then removing yourself too much from it, so it's bloodless, a little too fictional."
- Aimee Mann
"I do not keep up with the details of particle physics."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Physics)

"I think in any writing you're paying attention to detail."
- Peter Matthiessen
(Related: Attention, Detail, Writing)

"I will have a one-hour program called the Mission Watch, where I will describe details of the mission and give additional information about the lessons from space."
- Christa McAuliffe
(Related: Information, Mission, Space, Will)

"As a journalist, the details always tell the story."
- James McBride
"Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany have detailed plans to cut their greenhouse emissions by 20 to 50 percent."
- Donella Meadows
(Related: Denmark, Germany)

"Exhortations to obstruct the operations of Government in detail, should; Exhortations to resist all."
- James Mill
(Related: Government, Detail)

"I spend a lot of my time trying to draw the attention of actors to the minute and subtle details of human behavior, which was the sort of thing I was looking at when I was a neurologist."
- Jonathan Miller
(Related: Time, Actors, Attention, Behavior, Trying)

"I don't really like to talk specifically about customers by name - but we work with nearly all the leading manufacturers of consumer products worldwide and at quite a detailed engineering level."
- David Milne
(Related: Work, Engineering, Leading, Name, Talk)

"My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details."
- Joan Miro
(Related: Colors, Now)

"I always wanted to write something illustrated, and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Opportunity)

"It turns out that my memory is just not that great, so for specific scenes with people doing stuff, sometimes I'd have the details all wrong or I couldn't remember what happened exactly, so I just let that be."
- Rick Moody
(Related: People, Memory, Wrong)

"With prose you can incorporate more details, develop scenes, sustain the tension in a special way. Prose has its own speed."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Prose, Tension)

"I've been working on my autobiography, just pecking away in longhand. The more you write, the more you remember. The more you remember, the more detail you recall. It's not all pleasant!"
- Pat Morita
(Related: Autobiography, Detail)

"Disney is thrilling and informative and important and beautiful and suspect. Butts was a detail I observed later and definitely ties in. I suppose I was programmed, yeah."
- Mark Morris
(Related: Detail, Disney)

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life."
- William Morris
(Related: Happiness, Life, Interest, Lies)

"Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Eye, Memories, Moments, Nothing, Painting, Simplicity)

"I try to keep in touch with the details... I also look at the product daily. That doesn't mean you interfere, but it's important occasionally to show the ability to be involved. It shows you understand what's happening."
- Rupert Murdoch
(Related: Ability)

"It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail."
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Related: Nature, War, Detail, states)

"Caress the detail, the divine detail."
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Related: Detail)

"All the details of the life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of the writing will remain. No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there."
- V. S. Naipaul
(Related: Life, Mystery, Will, Writing)

"The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject."
- Jawaharlal Nehru
(Related: Attitude, Consideration)

"The reports of the eclipse parties not only described the scientific observations in great detail, but also the travels and experiences, and were sometimes marked by a piquancy not common in official documents."
- Simon Newcomb
(Related: Detail)

"The function of the politician, therefore, is one of continuous watchfulness and activity, and he must have intimate knowledge of details if he would work out grand results."
- John George Nicolay
(Related: Work, Knowledge, Results)

"Watch every detail that affects the accuracy of your work."
- Arthur C. Nielsen
(Related: Work, Accuracy, Detail)

"We've played producers almost our entire lives in everything else we've created. But when working on a feature and even dealing with something like Warner Bros. or another production company, or other details that you can worry about - we definitely learned a lot."
- Mary-Kate Olsen
(Related: Company, Production, Worry)

"I found for me that my safe place was work. I could control my environment. I became very fastidious and detailed, and wanted things a certain way."
- Marie Osmond
(Related: Work, Control, Environment)

"Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with."
- Ovid
(Related: Nothing)

"If you take a book of a thousand pages on the Second World War, in which 50 million people died, the concentration camps occupy two pages and the gas chambers ten or 15 lines, and that's what one calls a detail."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: War, People, Detail, World, World war)

"Well, I don't know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel because I'm no real philosopher in the sense of knowing what these people have said in any detail so let me not comment on that too much."
- Roger Penrose
(Related: People, Detail, Sense)

"It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program. What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline, organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self critical."
- Alan Perlis
(Related: Education, Discipline, Thoughts, Attention, Detail, Fun, Learning, Self, Students)

"The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep."
- Laurence J. Peter
(Related: Sheep, Wounds)

"One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite - that particular peach is but a detail."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: People, Detail, Painting)

"Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language."
- Steven Pinker
(Related: Art, Music, Poetry, Language, Literature, Mind, Painting, Sculpture)

"It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details."
- Henri Poincare
(Related: Balance, Harmony, Order, Unity, Word)

"Well, it's because I gladly acknowledge some ideas that are part of process theology, but which I think are not tied to all the details of process thought, and are very illuminating and helpful."
- John Polkinghorne
(Related: Thought, Ideas, Theology)

"Consistency is found in that work whose whole and detail are suitable to the occasion. It arises from circumstance, custom, and nature."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Nature, Work, Consistency, Circumstance, Custom, Detail)

"Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant."
- Colin Powell
(Related: Leader, Mind, Neglect)

"The knives of jealousy are honed on details."
- Ruth Rendell
(Related: Jealousy)

"When I see myself in the videogame it's amazing how realistic I look. This is the most authentic and realistic soccer game I have ever seen. It is like I'm looking in a mirror. The attention to detail is incredible."
- Claudio Reyna
(Related: Attention, Detail, Soccer)

"It takes a couple of years just to get the background and knowledge that you need before you can go into detailed training for your mission."
- Sally Ride
(Related: Knowledge, Mission, Training, Years)

"On the other track I got to talk with Jon Poll, my editor, and we go into more detail about the decisions we made in both the production and the post-production. So I hope the combination becomes something worth collecting."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Hope, Decisions, Detail, Post, Production, Talk, Worth)

"Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Detail)

"I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels."
- David Rockefeller
"God is in the details."
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(Related: God)

"At the present moment, with little or no detail to hand, it is difficult for me to make any comment, beyond the expression of horror at the shameless haste with which the government appears to be pressing for our liquidation."
- Ethel Rosenberg
(Related: Government, Detail, Expression, Haste, Horror, Present)

"Now, it's my belief that Python is a lot easier than to teach to students programming and teach them C or C++ or Java at the same time because all the details of the languages are so much harder. Other scripting languages really don't work very well there either."
- Guido van Rossum
(Related: Time, Work, Belief, Now, Programming, Students)

"If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
(Related: Victory, Defeat, Detail)

"Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
(Related: Victory, Defeat)

"Whatever the details of union may be, there's no doubt we need more policy coordination in Europe."
- Gerhard Schroder
(Related: Policy, Doubt, Europe, May)

"I am a scholar of life. Every night before I go to sleep, I analyze every detail of what I did that day. I evaluate things and people, which helps me avoid mistakes."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Life, People, Day, Detail, Evaluate, Mistakes, Night, Sleep)

"It always makes me sad when I think of how I saw Wagner wasting his vitality, not only by singing their parts to some of his artists, but acting out the smallest details, and of how few they were who were responsive to his wishes."
- Anton Seidl
(Related: Acting, Artists, Singing, Vitality, Wishes)

"The success of a production depends on the attention paid to detail."
- David O. Selznick
(Related: Success, Attention, Detail, Production)

"Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along, and I began to do what I'd done even years ago doing people. I couldn't get interested in it. And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Time, People, Monuments, Sculpture, Years)

"All of us want to see the details of any legislative plan if there's going to be a legislative response, but Congress, I believe, is in the mood to do whatever it takes to win this war against terrorism."
- Richard Shelby
(Related: War, Congress, Terrorism, Want)

"Those early sketches looked too cartoony; I really wanted to do detailed drawings - I was taking anatomy classes - but unfortunately I wasn't able to do it because of the time element."
- Joe Shuster
(Related: Time)

"A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching."
- Sivananda
(Related: Life, Thoughts, Actions, Consequences, Earth, Ocean, Water)

"I'm blown away by the graphical detail of today's games. I can't imagine that it's going to get any better, but it's just going to continually progress and soon we'll be living in that world."
- Christian Slater
(Related: Progress, Detail, Games, Living, Today, World)

"And now, without having wearied my friends, I hope, with detailed scientific accounts, theories, or deductions, I will only say that I have endeavoured to tell just the story of the adventure itself."
- Joshua Slocum
(Related: Hope, Adventure, Friends, Now, Theories, Will)

"The theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts, and persist in doing so, generation after generation, through all changes of opinion and detail, is the one that must rule all observation."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Detail, Facts, Observation, Opinion, Theory)

"I tested the waters on producing a record, but I'm more of a creative guy... I can't get into minute details."
- Dee Snider
"Traffic is about drugs. As detailed a portrait as I can muster about what is happening in the drug world, from top to bottom, from policy to how things move on the street."
- Steven Soderbergh
(Related: Policy, Drugs, World)

"Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Life)

"You don't forget the movies, but you forget the details of them."
- Sissy Spacek
(Related: Movies, Forget)

"Cases of sickness made up a very small percentage which in my opinion was normal. However, propaganda pamphlets dropped from aircraft were telling the workers to feign illness, and detailed instructions were given to them on how to do it."
- Albert Speer
(Related: Illness, Opinion, Propaganda, Sickness, Workers)

"God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back."
- Gloria Steinem
(Related: God, May, Questions)

"It was in the 1960s that I began the detailed study of public regulation."
- George Stigler
(Related: Public, Study)

"To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Related: Life, Virtue)

"I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good."
- Barbra Streisand
(Related: Artist, Names, Obsession)

"Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration."
- Willie Sutton
(Related: Success, Attention, Detail)

"The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail."
- Charles R. Swindoll
(Related: Attention, Detail, Difference)

"When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail: the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain."
- Donna Tartt
(Related: Rain, Water, Writing)

"I have directed good actors and have gone through the process which is more detailed in theater in a way. You have to get people to stay for two or three hours in a performance. They need more talk and rehearsal than in films."
- Julie Taymor
(Related: People, Performance, Actors, Talk, Theater)

"I don't have much of a problem with interruptions. I keep a detailed record of paint and materials as a work on each painting. I can restart exactly where I left off."
- Mike Thompson
(Related: Work, Painting)

"Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Life, Detail)

"Gradually I became aware of details: a company of French soldiers was marching through the streets of the town. They broke formation, and went in single file along the communication trench leading to the front line. Another group followed them."
- Ernst Toller
(Related: Communication, Company, Leading, Soldiers)

"I do write long, long character notes - family background, history, details of appearance - much more than will ever appear in the novel. I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated, artificial stage."
- Anne Tyler
(Related: Family, History, Character, Appearance, Will)

"When has there ever been a government in German history that came to the people and revealed its detailed plans for the coming years? That could not happen before, since German governments planned war and conquest."
- Walter Ulbricht
(Related: Government, History, War, People, Conquest, Years)

"After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life."
- Evelyn Underhill
(Related: Life, Deep)

"I won't go into detail but this animated one, the story line is very cool and the kids seem to love it."
- Blair Underwood
(Related: Love, Detail, Kids)

"I worked every day there, so I knew all the details. But I needed only some proof. So the proof was photos."
- Mordechai Vanunu
(Related: Day, Proof)

"Writing in other voices is almost Japanese in the sense that there's a certain formality there which allows me to sidestep the embarrassment of directly expressing to complete strangers the most intimate details of my life."
- Suzanne Vega
(Related: Life, Embarrassment, Sense, Strangers, Writing)

"What it values most of all is the sum total of events and the advance of civilization, which carries individuals along with it; but, indifferent to details, it cares less to have them real than noble or, rather, grand and complete."
- Alfred de Vigny
(Related: Civilization, Values, Events)

"He surprised me by his familiarity with details of movements and battles which I did not suppose had come to his knowledge. As he kept me talking for over half an hour, I flattered myself that what I had to say interested him."
- Henry Villard
(Related: Knowledge, Familiarity, Talking)

"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Time, Goals, Future, Now, Past)

"In all works on Natural History, we constantly find details of the marvellous adaptation of animals to their food, their habits, and the localities in which they are found."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Food, History, Animals, Habits)

"I'm not trying to be coy here; we're just not prepared to give a lot of detail about our thinking, but we will be making some announcements in the coming months."
- Jim Walton
(Related: Detail, Months, Thinking, Trying, Will)

"Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details."
- Andy Warhol
(Related: Care, Dying)

"Details create the big picture."
- Sanford I. Weill
"My general plan is good, though in the detail there may be faults."
- Adam Weishaupt
(Related: Detail, Faults, May)

"We have seen a central government taking more and more control over public education, over communications, over transportation, over every detail of our daily lives."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Government, Education, Control, Detail, Public)

"We're going to break a story that there are people on the staff on the 9-11 Commission that didn't want the 9-11 Commissioners to know the details of Able Danger because of the potential to embarrass those commissioners."
- Curt Weldon
(Related: People, Danger, Potential, Want)

"We think in generalities, but we live in detail."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Detail)

"Girls talk to each other like men talk to each other. But girls have an eye for detail."
- Amy Winehouse
(Related: Men, Detail, Eye, Girls, Talk)

"With Fever, the film was so made for the screen, and there's so much surround sound that was done for the film - enormous detail paid to that. I wasn't thinking video, because I didn't know how it was going to turn out."
- Alex Winter
(Related: Detail, Film, Sound, Thinking)

"My being a teacher had a decisive influence on making language and systems as simple as possible so that in my teaching, I could concentrate on the essential issues of programming rather than on details of language and notation."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Being, Influence, Language, Programming, Teaching)

"Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It's about the big picture."
- Ed Wood
(Related: Will)

"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
- John Wooden
"What practical conclusions may we now draw for our propaganda work among women? The task of this Party Congress must not be to issue detailed practical suggestions, but to draw up general directions for the proletarian women's movement."
- Clara Zetkin
(Related: Work, Women, Congress, May, Now, Party, Propaganda)

"We're still working out the details, but I'd be delighted to do the film. The problem at the moment is my busy schedule. Shooting on this film has been extended by a month, but I need to be in the U.S. by Dec. 20."
- Zhang Ziyi
(Related: Film)