100+ Best Details Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational details quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Details Quotes

The knives of jealousy are honed on details. — Ruth Rendell

In politics, the reaction to a controversy is very often more enlightening and important than the details of the allegations themselves. — Tammy Bruce

Modern scientific knowledge appeared piecemeal. Historians wrote about human history; physicists tackled the material world; and biologists studied the world of living organisms. But there were few links between these disciplines, as researchers focused on getting the details right. — David Christian

To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail. — Giorgio Armani

Society has to get a grip and put a tax on carbon. Of course, there is much that flows from that, and it is a complex situation. The small details of something such as climate change are political and social, and they are a lot about fairness and how we rebalance towards a fairer society. — Richard Rogers

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

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 (as we have conceived it), in all its homogeneity, to one with a detail added which refuses to fit in. — Pamela Hansford Johnson

There are several very good websites which describe the details of preparedness planning for citizens. — Irwin Redlener

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

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

Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about. — Louis Kronenberger

So this was the big secret historians keep to themselves: historical research is wildly seductive and fun. There’s a thrill in the process of digging, then piecing together details like a puzzle. — Nancy Horan

Self-reflection is so healthy. Journaling works for me – when I record the details of what I’m going through, whether it’s a relationship issue or negative thoughts, I can look back and see how far I’ve come. It makes me proud to see my progress and how I got through a bad situation. — Kelly Rowland

To be a good researcher is to be a good detective, and I enjoy ferreting out tidbits of information. For a diary book like ‘A Coal Miner’s Bride,’ newspapers come in handy for small everyday details such as weather reports. — Susan Campbell Bartoletti

I do not keep up with the details of particle physics. — Murray Gell-Mann

Motherhood has most definitely changed me and my life. It’s so crazy how drastic even the small details change – in such an amazing way. Even silly things, like the fact that all of my pictures on my cell phone used to be of me at photo shoots – conceited, I know! – but now every single picture on my phone is of Mason. — Kourtney Kardashian

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

I currently spend a lot of time thinking about orchestration and every detail of a piece. — Gavin Bryars

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

I did work at Planned Parenthood between college and grad school. For me, anywhere that I worked or anywhere that I’ve come to know intimately is a great place to set a story because it’s a place where you know all the details already, and you don’t have to make them up; you can just borrow them. — Lauren Holmes

Please, don’t use a cornice as a doorstop. At least put it somewhere where people will have to look up at it. Architectural details really ought to be displayed in the same relation to the viewer as they were originally intended. — Hugh Hardy

When I read James Joyce, I’m not really interested in the Dublin of 1904. I’m interested in being in the presence of a voice and a sensibility underpinned by an authenticity which, I think, if you’re a good writer, you can extract from the specific details of your own time. I think most writers do hope that their books will be read in ten years. — Joseph O’Neill

If you don’t understand the details of your business you are going to fail. — Jeff Bezos

I’ve been working on my finishing for quite some time. It’s just a question of paying attention to the minor details. — Cobi Jones

My students know I have a life, they know I’ve written about my life. They know some detail, probably more than they know about their physics teacher, but I would’ve told them anyway! — Marya Hornbacher

In a crime story, the details become tremendously important – where the staircase was in relation to the bed, for example. — Bill James

The success of a production depends on the attention paid to detail. — David O. Selznick

It’s the little details I love. How to fletch your arrows with owl feathers, because owls fly silently, so maybe your arrows will, too. How to carry fire in a piece of smouldering fungus wrapped in birchbark. These are the things which help a world come alive. — Michelle Paver

Watch every detail that affects the accuracy of your work. — Arthur C. Nielsen

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

We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human. — Gene Luen Yang

I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly bothered or obsessed with detail. — Wes Anderson

‘Venus in Fur’ is very Polanski: you have the knife of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’; you have Thomas disguised as a woman as in ‘The Tenant,’ when Vanda puts makeup on him, it’s like ‘Cul de Sac’; the dress of Tess and other details that are very Polanski. He fell in love with the play because it was so much him. — Emmanuelle Seigner

Adventure games are all about details – if you happen to take this one object and use it with this other object, in a really weird place, at a weird time. If you happen to write a really funny dialogue line for that, even if it didn’t solve the puzzle, people will appreciate that. — Tim Schafer

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

The problem of forgetting might not torment us so much if we could only convince ourselves that remembering isn’t important. Perhaps the things we learn – words, dates, formulas, historical and biographical details – don’t really matter. Facts can be looked up. That’s what the Internet is for. — Gary Wolf

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

When I did a study of all the coming-of-age movies that meant a lot to me, whether it was ‘The Graduate’ or ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ or ‘Dead Poet’s Society,’ they all had that timeless feel. None of them were completely married to the details of their age. They felt timeless in their treatment of it. That’s what made them resonate with me. — Stephen Chbosky

Geeks are people who love something so much that all the details matter. — Marissa Mayer

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

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

I think in any writing you’re paying attention to detail. — Peter Matthiessen

Some people are a natural administrator. They actually enjoy doing it. I find it a chore. I’m not a details person. I go for the big sweep. — Peter Hollingworth

Leon Theremin’s original designs are elegant, ingenious and effective. As electronics goes, the theremin is very simple. But there are so many subtleties hidden in the details of the design. It’s like a great sonnet, or a painting, or a speech, that is perfectly done on more than one level. — Robert Moog

Im share a lot of details, but 98 percent of my life is still private. — Stephen Amell

I remember everything, even the dates. But I don’t want others to remember the details, just the image. — Gloria Grahame

That’s the kind of movie that I like to make, where there is an invented reality and the audience is going to go someplace where hopefully they’ve never been before. The details, that’s what the world is made of. — Wes Anderson

When you sketch a shoe but don’t have the intention to do a proper shoe, it remains a curvy sketch with no detail. The shoe completely morphs to the body. — Christian Louboutin

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

Because of my capacity for listening to strangers’ tales, or the details of their lives, my patience with their food and their crotchets, my curiosity that borders on nosiness, I am told that anyone traveling with me experiences an unbelievable tedium, and this is why I choose to travel alone. — Paul Theroux

Female can understand more detail and really care for the consequence and understand all the process. — Yingluck Shinawatra

If you look at most women’s writing, women writers will describe women differently from the way male writers describe women. The details that go into a woman writer’s description of a female character are, perhaps, a little more judgmental. They’re looking for certain things, because they know what women do to look a certain way. — Lorrie Moore

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

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

I realized going back and writing and explaining in details the difficulties I had lived actually became emotional again. It’s like therapy but sometimes therapy can be painful. But it’s part of life and part of the autobiography so I’ll have to finish it sooner or later. — Jenni Rivera

In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail. — Stanislav Grof

Market design is about understanding the details of markets in sufficient detail so that we can help fix them when they are broken. — Alvin E. Roth

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

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

I am like a freight train. Working on the details, twisting them and playing with them over the years, but always staying on the same track. — Valentino Garavani

I did not know many of the details relevant to the Iran and contra initiatives. — Fawn Hall

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

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution. — Theophile Gautier

Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are. — Susan Sontag

If you look at Gothic detailing right down to the bottom of a column or the capital of a column, it’s a small version of the whole building; that’s why, like dating the backbones of a dinosaur, a good historian can look at a detail of a Gothic building and tell you exactly what the rest of the building was, and infer the whole from the parts. — Charles Jencks

I may not have a practical mind, but it’s very fixated on concrete things. I like detail. — Alma Guillermoprieto

Whenever I’m writing a book, small details from my life always creep in. — Kevin Henkes

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

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history. — Alphonse de Lamartine

I don’t remember my first two marriages… the details are very sketchy. — Ian McShane

A great deal of creativity is about pattern recognition, and what you need to discern patterns is tons of data. Your mind collects that data by taking note of random details and anomalies easily seen every day: quirks and changes that, eventually, add up to insights. — Margaret Heffernan

Luxury lives in the finer details. It’s a cloth napkin at a dinner table. It’s a mint on your pillow before bed. — Iggy Azalea

Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. — Colin Powell

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

She may hide it, but Clinton is a policy nerd. Ask about microfinance, and she’ll talk your ear off. Mention early childhood interventions, and she will gush about obscure details of a home visitation experiment in Elmira, N.Y., that dramatically improved child outcomes. — Nicholas Kristof

Great entrepreneurs are often great listeners and they can spot patterns and pick up on small details in customer stories. — Alexander Osterwalder

What is fashion? It’s discipline. Discipline and a credo to do only the best, down to the smallest detail. — Manolo Blahnik

My general plan is good, though in the detail there may be faults. — Adam Weishaupt

By looking into more details of American history, we can make more sense of what’s happening today. — Christoph Waltz

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

One side of me is very busy paying attention to the details of life, the humanity of people, catching the street voices, the middle-class, upper-middle-class secret lives of Turks. The other side is interested in history and class and gender, trying to get all of society in a very realistic way. — Orhan Pamuk

You don’t forget the movies, but you forget the details of them. — Sissy Spacek

Although I’ve lived in England for more than twenty years, I still have a foreigner’s passion for all the details of English history and rural life. — Meg Rosoff

I think we all want to know where we came from and how we fit into the world, but some of us need to know how it all works in great detail. — George Smoot

I am obsessed with planning travel! Not just traveling, which I love, but the whole planning process and all the details that go into it. I subscribe to all these travel blogs and airline forums and research hotels and activities and destinations for hours on end, and I volunteer to plan trips for everyone I know. — Lauren Weisberger

Jerry Seinfeld is amazing in many ways, not the least of them his ability to find humor, and convincing us to find it, too, in the million-and-two details about modern life that under different circumstances might send us into paroxysms of rage. — Tom Shales

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

Although the detail of our sexual energies and their objects and objectives vastly vary, the existence of our sexuality itself is an undeniable truth. — Lynn Margulis

All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish. — Gustav Mahler

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

Once you get the right image the details aren’t that important. — Abbie Hoffman

I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower. — Banksy

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

When you’re in a place, the details you focus on are different than details you focus on when you’re writing about it. — Tea Obreht

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

Art’s power of persuasion resides in the small personal details of one’s own story, and if it weren’t for my struggle with dyslexia, I doubt I’d ever have become a writer or known how to teach others to write. — Philip Schultz

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

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

With my somewhat vague aspiring mind, to be imprisoned in the rude details of a most material life was often irksome. — Edward Carpenter

At 93, so deep in dementia that she didn’t remember any details of her life, my mother somehow still knew songs. — Floyd Skloot

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