Quotations on Detail

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I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Keywords: Imagination, Desire, Detail, Mind)

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
(Keywords: Business, Life, Nature, Attention, Being, Detail, Psychology)

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
(Keywords: Design, Building, Detail, Want)

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
(Keywords: Peace, Time, Detail, End, Problems, Questions)

The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Care, Detail, Film, Passion)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: People, Detail, President, Security, Want)

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

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

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
(Keywords: Detail, Writing)

The rest is a mere matter of detail, to be settled with judgment, discretion, and caution.
- John Griffin Carlisle
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Purpose, Detail, Language)

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
(Keywords: Detail, Meaning)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Idea, Detail, Now, Project, Years)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Detail, Entertainment, Illness, Today)

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
(Keywords: Detail, Difference, Machine, World)

A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.
- John Foster Dulles
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Detail, Direction)

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
(Keywords: Accuracy, Attention, Detail, Effort, Facts, Reality)

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
(Keywords: Work, Truth, Books, Detail, Neglect, Present, Principles, Stress, Teaching, Weight)

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
(Keywords: Attention, Detail, Flying, Focus, Meditation)

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

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

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

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

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
(Keywords: Music, Life, Detail, Losing)

In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail.
- Stanislav Grof
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: War, Detail, Enemy, Media, Military)

My writing style is very sensual, as in sensory detail.
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: People, Detail, Research, Theory)

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
(Keywords: Work, People, Attention, Detail, Taste)

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
(Keywords: Detail, Songs, Sound)

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
(Keywords: Cities, Detail, Dying)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Life, Detail, First)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Idea, Detail, Passion, Reason)



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