We’ve collected the best Detail Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Jean-Paul Sartre, Sia, Sean Bean, Ren Ng, Michael Ovitz. Use them as an inspiration.
If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
Can fiction teach us? Absolutely. Fiction has the power to illustrate place, era, and atmosphere in vivid detail. But it is not Anthropology for Dummies.
My father instilled attention to detail and a sense of duty and responsibility.
I’ve never met a detail I didn’t like.
I’m very detail oriented. Everything that takes a lot of dedication and creativity I do in the morning when there is light and I’m really concentrated.
‘Hemlock’ is so intelligently written and brilliantly put together. Every detail in the show is there for a reason, and it fascinates me.
I guess if I was made responsible for every single line of dialogue in a game and every single piece of textual visual detail, every sign or piece of graffiti, then yes, I think that would be comparable to the time and effort required to write a very long novel, indeed.
On television one gets to do things in detail and at an easier pace. You can experiment a lot with the character, give it lot more time, and let it grow.
I don’t want to make public statements about issues that I have not studied in detail.
People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.
You have to pay the same amount of detail regardless of opponent when so much is on the line.
You need to know your mistakes, as well as your opponent’s mistakes. So you need to make sure the trainer is paying significant importance to you and your fighter, and every detail of it.
The long view of the Census bureau allows some changes that are taken for granted to be studied in more detail. Everyone knows, for example, that people get married later than they used to.
For me, when I read a book, I’m very much about detail.
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!
I think that one of the things that I can do is I seem to have the ability to zoom in super tight for very small details, but then jump back for sort of that big picture perspective. And I think that ultimately, that’s one of my strengths, because you have – every detail matters.
It’s a very different thing when you’re creating the world as opposed to when you’re just part of the world. I love the detail of it, the problem-solving of it, and I love working with actors.
To provide background and physical description and all the rest is of course vital to fiction, but vital only insofar as such detail is in the service of a richly imagined story, rather than in the service of good botany or good philosophy or good geography.
I think the first thing is don’t give up. If you love the craft. If you love being a detective and discovering who a character is and the detail of how they walk and what kind of shoes they wear and what did they do yesterday and what’s important to them. I definitely advise actors to learn about the craft.
Accessories are the perfect way to add something special. A hair comb or a beaded clutch can be a lovely detail to finish your bridal look.
That’s what I’ve learned the Patriots Way being: holding yourself accountable and attention to detail. It doesn’t matter who you are, how long you’ve played, whether you’re the nutritionist or starting quarterback, you’re going to be held accountable, and you have a role.
It’s like… to make a good record – I don’t care who you are – it takes a long time and a lot of passion and a lot of attention to detail, right?
Anytime Tom Watson is on your team, you’ve won. His passion, professionalism, attention to detail, and leadership are unparalleled.
That suspension of disbelief that’s required as an actor to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances is different to what needs to happen as a director, in the sense that you are the master of all the moving parts. You create the world in every detail.
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.
Larry David‘s armor is his dissatisfaction with the world down to the smallest detail, and up to the whole ghastly arrangement. He won’t win, but he’ll enjoy losing.
Personally, speaking as a historian and a storyteller, when it comes to inaccuracy in historical fictioneering, I follow the Shakespeare principle: I’m willing to overlook gobs of mistaken detail if the poetic valence is basically correct.
Just small things are going to hopefully lead to a bigger surplus in the end. Obviously, you might not see it every single game, every single detail, but those small things and those small details add up so much, and that’s what creates winning.
Market design is about understanding the details of markets in sufficient detail so that we can help fix them when they are broken.
My theory as to why I first became a comedian is that my mother was always keenest on my younger brother, Dan. It doesn’t bother me now, but it did then and the way I compensated for that was to publicise myself as myself – to tell people who I was in 100 per cent detail, going into every crevice of my life.
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.
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.
I’ve admired Lawrence master from his choreographer days. I love how he experiments and makes it work. I like his attention to detail and the intrigue in his movies.
Often the starting point for characters, for me, is finding a little, most minor detail, and I’ll go from there.
Guys pay extra attention to detail. They are looking at every little thing on the scouting report.
My grandfather wanted to remind us that freedom of expression is the fundamental ingredient for democracy, and all the rest is detail. It is the scaffolding around which every other freedom is based.
If Trump, for whatever reason, continues to coddle Russia, then Congress, the media, foundations, and academics should publicly detail the corruption that characterizes Putin‘s rule.
The detail adds an element of unexpected something. All fiction is false; what makes it convincing is that it runs alongside the truth. The real world has lots of incidental details, so a painting also has to have that element of imperfection and irregularity, those incidental details.
The best science frequently combines an awareness of broad and significant problems with focus on an apparently small issue or detail that someone very much wants to solve or understand. Sometimes these little problems or inconsistencies turn out to be the clues to big advances.
The detail is as important as the essential is. When it is inadequate, it destroys the whole outfit.
We are a profoundly interconnected species, as the global economic and ecological crises reveal in vivid and frightening detail. We must embrace the simple fact that we are dependent on and accountable to one another.
I’m really interested in real people in extraordinary situations. The detail and reality to that.
There are more than 300,000 families in the Gulf region that lost their homes and are waiting for peace of mind. The hurricane exposed the sad reality of poverty in America. We saw, in all its horrific detail, the vulnerabilities of living in inadequate housing and the heartbreak of losing one’s home.
I was inspired to become an actor from theater I’d seen, so I assumed I’d do a lot of theater. But when I left Guidhall, the first thing I did was a short film – I played the main character. And I loved it. I love working on camera. I love the smallness of it and the detail and the routine of it.
Because people with autism are also strongly obsessional, meaning that they pursue their current interest to extraordinary detail and lengths and in great depth, they can develop ‘tunnel vision‘ that prevents them from seeing the bigger picture, including the repercussions of their current actions.
The devil’s in the detail and sometimes if you’re thinking too big, you can miss the detail.
Balzac’s ambition was to be omnipotent. He would be Michelangelesque, and that by sheer force of minuteness. He exaggerated scientifically, and made things gigantic by a microscopic fulness of detail.
One of the first things I do when I step onto a set is I scan the set and try to take in every detail, because what I’m trying to find are tools that I can use to incorporate myself into the space and tools that I can use to make the performance authentic and to build on the authenticity of that.
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
Look at the Coen brothers. All their minor characters are as interesting as their protagonists. If the smaller characters are well-written, the whole world of the film becomes enriched. It’s not the size of the thing, but the detail.
Sarah Paulson is the most prepared and professional actor I’ve had the privilege of working with. I learned so much about preparation and attention to detail and speaking up when something is not right.
Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
All I am trying to do is communicate a story that I can visualize in my head, into something better for the audience. If that means paying attention to detail then that’s what I will do.
People may not have the right to know about your personal, private life or any detail about any potentially embarrassing photo, but they do have the right to know whether you are honest, candid and forthcoming.
I want to help people to get to know my story and really tell them in detail what I’ve been through.
Although the detail of our sexual energies and their objects and objectives vastly vary, the existence of our sexuality itself is an undeniable truth.
I can’t imagine a situation where, as FBI director, I would be giving a press conference on an uncharged individual, much less talking in detail about it.
I find that women want to tell me about their birthing experiences. In the most excruciating detail. It’s not put me off having children, but I do feel like I know too much.
There’s only so many variations on the basics of human relationships. To me, it’s all about the detail and how you tell the story. How you say, ‘I love you.’
With the long-format interview, I can get into really interesting conversations with my guests. You know what it’s like to get the opportunity to speak to really interesting people and pick their brain about things. To have time to let a guest actually speak and tell a story and get into detail is really exciting.
Politicians should not get involved in the detail of clinical criteria and shouldn’t be arguing with professors and consultants over whether there is one standard deviation or two standard deviations.
I’ve always been very attentive to detail. It’s a characteristic that drives some people crazy. But on the other hand, when people around me are sloppy, that drives me crazy.
If you look up every last detail on your subject, you’ll never finish.
Drawing a good picture is like telling a really good lie – the key is in the incidental detail.
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.
How people are around a director, it really does affect everything, every detail of the life of the movie.
The rest is a mere matter of detail, to be settled with judgment, discretion, and caution.
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.
Really good writing, from my perspective, runs a lot like a visual on the screen. You need to create that kind of detail and have credibility with the reader, so the reader knows that you were really there, that you really experienced it, that you know the details. That comes out of seeing.
I think it’s important that you know every detail when you open a store, that you pay attention to everything.
I can remember lacing up my boots ahead of my first cap against Japan in the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. I remember the changing room, the smell of the place, every last detail of how I warmed up, walking out onto the pitch, thinking how proud my parents would be. I was doing all I ever wanted to do.
I have an eye for detail.
I learned no detail was too small. It was all about the details.
In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies.
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.
Every story is different, so what is a detail in one might not be in something else. Diversity is something I embrace and love about my work.
I’m a street footballer. I’m hardcore. Growing up in east London, you’ve got to be a little bit self-confident. As a player, I would go into detail, watch who I was playing against. Who might come into my vicinity. That gives you self-confidence.
I’ve always loved playing dress up, so I wear party dresses for anything I’m hosting. I think you honor your guests by paying attention to every detail, and this includes your own appearance.
Female can understand more detail and really care for the consequence and understand all the process.
The English light is so very subtle, so very soft and misty, that the architecture responded with great delicacy of detail.
Even today I work with Niall O’Brien, who is far more technically astute than I am, but I still have the clearest idea of every detail I want in my photograph.
I’m very detail oriented. I think that’s why people enjoy my memoirs – because I tend to remember everything.
Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.
Whatever I’m throwing out there in my work, you either catch that detail because you’re ready to catch it, but if you’re not, that’s OK – you’re still being entertained.
I always tell up-and-coming DJs you have to really love what you do and find that interest to drive you. It requires so much attention to detail, and it takes up a lot of your time. You hear a song, and there are so many little pieces that make that song work. It requires a lot of patience, diligence and resilience.
It’s reached this point where people are fascinated by every intricate detail of other people’s lives. And some people are willing to give up their lives like that.
You don’t have to get into, ‘I’m a leftist or a rightist, I’m Democrat or Republican.’ You don’t have to get into that kind of nitty gritty type of detail, but at the same time to show that you do have a stance is very, very important. To preach the good word of just being a good human being, being a humanitarian.
When it comes down to playoff basketball, it’s attention to detail.
When it comes down to the devil in the detail of dealing with the issues… and making real change, Trump, you don’t have it. You’ve never had it.
Comedy historians take note: this Gottfried character doesn’t have the best eye for detail – and, for a Jew, he doesn’t have the best eye for retail, either.
I think it’s always easy to be sympathetic to parts of the government in detail; in their concrete manifestations. Because obviously, we don’t have government for no reason.
I can’t sum up my books. They’re all rather complicated. Sometimes I think they’re too complicated. But that’s the way I am. When I start to write a book, my head gets full of all kinds of detail.
Watch every detail that affects the accuracy of your work.
We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
Exhortations to obstruct the operations of Government in detail, should; Exhortations to resist all.
The comptroller of New York City ought to have all the characteristics of a major corporation‘s CFO – quiet rigor, obsessive care for detail, incorruptible judgment, an ability to work assiduously behind the scenes with the key stakeholders.
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.
Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration.
Nerds get caught up in minutiae, because there is a tremendous and fulfilling sense of control in understanding every single detail of a thing more than any other living creature.
Everyone wants to score goals – that’s the point of football – but you have to look at the whole situation in detail.
If I host something, even if it’s just dinner at my house, I like the event to move. So that means cocktails in the family room, and then moving outside and having appetizers on the patio, and then moving to dinner at the dining table. It’s just the idea of the event being curated to every little detail.
The distinguishing characteristic of the techno-thriller is technical detail.
A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.
I think Indians dress better than anyone, but I don’t want to imitate more than a detail or two; I prefer my clothes humdrum and inconspicuous, and a cowboy hat just doesn’t work for me.
I think to be a great quarterback, you have to have a great leadership, great attention to detail, and a relentless competitive nature. And that’s what I try to bring to the table, and I have a long way to go. I’m still learning, and I’m still on a constant quest for knowledge.
While I try and give as much energy, enthusiasm and detail to any work I do, if I keep coming back to it, to the same people year after year, there’s an attachment. But you don’t want anything to become comfortable.
Well, when you’re nitpicking every little detail… with digital, you’re seeing what the finished product is, right there on set, and that’s when you start to lose a lot of time. You lose time staring at that image trying to make it perfect.
Every Porsche is hand-built – one person, one engineer works on the car the entire way through so there’s attention to detail and uncompromising quality for what you pay.
Let your mind see every detail of your own special version of the very best that life can be. If you could make the world exactly to your liking, consider very specifically just how that world would be. If you could spend your time doing precisely what you wish, how would the moments of your life be lived?
The terrorists didn’t think that Yazidi girls would have the courage to tell the world every detail of what they did to us. We defy them by not letting their crimes go unanswered.
Balenciaga taught me everything I know. He taught me to care for the details, that it was not necessary to sew on a button where it had no use or to add a flower to make a dress beautiful… no unnecessary detail.
The Duffer Brothers are so attentive to story and detail while being wildly respectful of me and what I bring to the process.
I take my personal upkeep real seriously; my sense of organization and attention to detail; my memory; my business – I love the business.
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.
In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail.
Anytime you look at someone in detail, you’re putting the camera on that person. What I typically look for is one or two or three really strong characters who will hold the narrative throughout the work.
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.
As I detail in my new book: ‘Hard Measures, How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives,’ there are many myths surrounding the detention of a relatively small number of top terrorists at CIA-run ‘black sites‘ from 2002 until they were sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2006.
We don’t collect a lot of your data and understand every detail about your life. That’s just not the business that we are in.
BioRhythm was a perfect fit for me, as I can relate to the company‘s attention to detail when producing its products to a very dedicated fan base. Detail is a key to my success on the football field.
When you design a building, you start from a general philosophy, and you come down, and you start from detail and come up. Only the theoretical architect believes that you can make the concept and then sometime, somebody will come to build it.
You’re moving a franchise. You’re leaving one city and going to another, which is difficult from a fan standpoint, from a fan-base standpoint, but you have to take care of the detail things. As you go through that step-by-step process, from my standpoint, my job is to keep in mind the player needs.
When I visited Syrian special forces along the front lines, I was given extraordinary amounts of detail. They gave me the code numbers for the various positions they’ve got, told me where the rebels were – about 800 meters away in a forest. I met soldiers who had been wounded but were still serving.
The success of a production depends on the attention paid to detail.
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.
Frank Lloyd Wright made houses right up until the end. I think that’s important because it gives you a direct connection to all the basic aspects of architecture – the spatial energy of the place, the construction, the materials, the site, the detail.
I see things differently, feel things differently. That’s how I’ve always been, and that’s why I’m different to everyone else. Information: simple. Detail: simple. I just aim to play as if it was five-a-side as an 11-year-old kid. That’s how I see it because that’s how it is.
In romance, we feel the need to zoom in and expound on our partner’s foibles in intimate detail; in friendship, we tend to do the opposite, avoiding confrontation through fear, lethargy or both.
Parents who obsess about every detail of child-rearing and orchestrate their children’s ‘resumes’ may run themselves ragged while their own personal identities and adult relationships wither for lack of care.
Every little possession and every little detail can help you win a game or that possession.
I could go insane if I obsessed over every little detail of all of my companies. My management philosophy is to pay attention to the vital few and ignore the trivial many.
‘Hester Street’ was my most complete character study, but ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘The Last Detail’ were also great.
Well, you know, with every character, if you’re going to expose yourself, you’ve got to figure out every detail that you’re going to play. So there’s no character that you can just go put on his shirt and be fully prepared.
No matter how much you make the world a part of your life through social media, it’s never enough. They all want more, and I truly understand why. It’s their never-ending love for me that wants to know every detail of my life possible.
The budget for ‘Sanam Re’ was Rs 15 crores. I had extravagant ideas for the film, but they had to be curtailed to squeeze into my budget – which meant pre-planning and putting down every single detail on paper.
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.
I don’t like to discuss my work in a lot of detail; I’m afraid of dissecting it in a way that is not good for me.
The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.
I spot detail quickly.
Too much detail can bog down any story. Enough with the history of gunpowder, the geology of Hawaii, the processes of whaling, and cactus and tumbleweed.
Scientists and academics in particular focus on detail and the minutiae. When they talk to each other, they usually don’t focus on the broad ideas; they don’t focus on social interconnectedness. They focus on the task that they’re doing.
Some of the best moments I’ve ever written have come about because someone, somewhere, blew my preconceptions out of the water and dropped a detail in passing that took the work in an entirely new, entirely unexpected, direction.
Attention to detail is of utmost importance when you want to look good.
I usually have a general idea of where the story is going, but I try to avoid planning in too much detail. The best endings are those that emerge only after I’ve thought long and hard about the various ways the story might end. Then I choose the ending that seems surprising yet somehow inevitable.
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.
The brain has this amazing level of almost fractal complexity to it. When you start looking at any part of it in detail, you realize that it’s much more complex than you thought.
The notion of the infinite variety of detail and the multiplicity of forms is a pleasing one; in complexity are the fringes of beauty, and in variety are generosity and exuberance.
To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.
Beauty is not generic, bland, and clinical. It isn’t all things to all people. The Cathedral of Notre Dame in its endlessly intricate detail was beautiful. Modern office buildings are not.
During one of the Apollo missions, I saw Walter Cronkite showing off the flight plan. It just mesmerized me. All this detail! That’s what I wanted.
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.
There are divisions between a culinary chef and a dessert chef, also called a pastry chef. There are specializations within the pastry chef field. Some pastry chefs specialize in baking breads, while others are master cake designers. Each field requires an exceptional level of creativity and attention to detail.
We must wait for the official history of the Chinese Revolution to record in greater detail the invaluable work of our Japanese friends.
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.
I pick up subtle cues very well and pay attention to detail.
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.
Oh, the secret of a great club is all in the detail. When I walk into one of my bars, I have to have all my napkins a certain way and all the pourers in the bottles facing a certain way. It drives some people crazy, but I figure if I notice something’s off, then other people will notice it, too.
I like the detail work of telling a story in small pieces, as is done in movie-making, and also the long leap of faith needed to see a theatre performance through each night. Both require focus and self-discipline.
Write your goals down in detail and read your list of goals every day. Some goals may entail a list of shorter goals. Losing a lot of weight, for example, should include mini-goals, such as 10-pound milestones. This will keep your subconscious mind focused on what you want step by step.
I don’t think there’s any show comparable to ‘Game of Thrones’ in terms of the way it does the fantasy element to such a high standard: everything is created with so much care and detail. You really feel like you are transported into this entirely other fictional place.
Astronomers are obsessed with building larger and larger telescopes. There are two promises that we make with bigger telescopes: that they can see fainter things and that they see more detail. But it’s been really hard to follow through on that second promise because of atmospheric distortion.
Because of the pace of daytime, you don’t necessarily have time to work every detail of your character, so you have to bring a lot of it yourself.
I have a lot of trouble understanding all the detail of finance and administration – but if you combine intellectual and professional capacity with a social conscience, you can change things: countries, structures, economic models, colonial states.
I am in the representational business, a portraitist. I have tried to walk an amused line amid hyperbole, documentary detail, cruel characterisation, occasional affection, some good punchlines and anthropological social insight. It’s been a good living.
There’s no detail too small for me.
No matter the candidate, every detail in a campaign is carefully and strategically framed for our consumption. The devil is in them.
I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly bothered or obsessed with detail.
The spectacular catches are the ones that you remember detail for detail. The ones with two hands, it’s kind of routine.
My books don’t sell anymore. There are many reasons why they don’t sell, but one of the reasons is because people don’t read anymore. Forget about reading books of detail – they don’t read at all.
I actually had publishers that would encourage me at times to keep it simpler, not pack in so much information, but I’m a fan of songs and movies and books that the second time you read them, you find more stuff that you missed, so I like to pay attention to that detail.