"The contribution which the human mind makes to work and business is very much one of picking up information from tiny, seemingly insignificant trifles, and relating them to new ideas or concepts."
Sir John Harvey-Jones (1924–2008), British management adviser, author, and chairman of ICI
Source: Managing to Survive (1993)
"Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward."
Alexandra David-Neel (1868–1969), French oriental scholar and explorer
Source: Quest (May–June 1978)
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969), German architect
Source: New York Times (August 1969)
"The mechanics of running a business are really not very complicated, when you get down to essentials. You have to make some stuff and sell it to somebody for more than it cost you. That's about all there is to it, except for a few million details."
John L. McCaffrey (1892–1982), US president of International Harvester
Source: Speech (1953)
"Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge."
Holbrook Jackson (1874–1948), British writer and critic
Source: Anatomy of Bibliomania (1930), vol. 1
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
William James (1842–1910), US psychologist and philosopher
Source: The Principles of Psychology (1890)
"Our life is frittered away by detail … Simplify, simplify."
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), US writer
Source: “Where I Lived and What I Lived For,” Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854)
"All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not."
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), British poet, lexicographer, essayist, and critic
Source: Quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson (James Boswell, 1791)
"A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored."
Henry Ford (1863–1947), US industrialist, automobile manufacturer, and founder of Ford Motor Company
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