Quotes About Detail

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Orhan Pamuk
“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

Anton Chekhov
“When describing nature, a writer should seize upon small details, arranging them so that the reader will see an image in his mind after he closes his eyes. For instance: you will capture the truth of a moonlit night if you'll write that a gleam like starlight shone from the pieces of a broken bottle, and then the dark, plump shadow of a dog or wolf appeared. You will bring life to nature only if you don't shrink from similes that liken its activities to those of humankind."

(Letter to Alexander Chekhov, May 10, 1886)”
Anton Chekhov

Paula Danziger
“Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don't forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.”
Paula Danziger

Anton Chekhov
“In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations!"

(Letter to Alexander Chekhov, May 10, 1886)”
Anton Chekhov

Alfred North Whitehead
“We think in generalities, but we live in detail. To make the past live, we must perceive it in detail in addition to thinking of it in generalities.”
Alfred North Whitehead

Pat Conroy
“There were far worse strategies in life than to try to make each aspect of one's existence a minor work of art.”
Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

“One of the seats of emotion and memory in the brain is the amygdala, he explained. When something threatens your life, this area seems to kick into overdrive, recording every last detail of the experience. The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. "This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older," Eagleman said--why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.”
Burkhard Bilger

Brenda Joyce
“They could argue for hours on almost any subject; they usually agreed on broad conclusions, but disagreed on almost every detail.”
Brenda Joyce, An Impossible Attraction

Guy de Maupassant
“There is a part of everything which is unexplored,
because we are accustomed to using our eyes only in association with the memory of what people before us have thought of the thing we are looking at. Even the smallest thing has something in it which is unknown.”
Guy de Maupassant, Novele

Ian McEwan
“That the world should be filled with such detail, such tiny points of human frailty, threatened to crush her and she had to look away.”
Ian McEwan, The Children Act

Neel Burton
“When we stop noticing small things, we are no longer truly alive.”
Neel Burton

Lytton Strachey
“It was not by gentle sweetness and self-abnegation that order was brought out of chaos; it was by strict method, by stern discipline, by rigid attention to detail, by ceaseless labor, by the fixed determination of an indomitable will.”
Lytton Strachey

Cortney S. Warren
“We lie to ourselves about the smallest details, and we lie to ourselves about our largest life choices.”
Cortney S. Warren, Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Just as little as a reader today reads all of the individual words (let alone syllables) on a page—rather he picks about five words at random out of twenty and "guesses" at the meaning that probably belongs to these five words—just as little do we see a tree exactly and completely with reference to leaves, twigs, color, and form; it is so very much easier for us to simply improvise some approximation of a tree. Even in the midst of the strangest experiences we will still do the same: we make up the major part of the experience and can scarcely be forced not to contemplate some event as its "inventors." All this means: basically and from time immemorial we are—accustomed to lying. Or to put it more virtuously and hypocritically, in short, more pleasantly: one is much more of an artist than one knows.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Oswald Chambers
“Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.”
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
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Donna Tartt
“Charles Portis shows his mastery of place and the more complicated subtleties of time.”
Donna Tartt

Christina Engela
“Although a little noisy at first, in a bizarre twist of fate, electronic music became popular in France in the 1890’s before fizzling out in favor of Swing music – which somehow made an early appearance in the 1900’s. In another alternative timeline, the Beatles never existed and England invented popcorn and hamburgers in the 1840’s. Damn, that’s what almost happened last time again, thought Scrooby tensely, while maneuvering himself onto a stronger looking branch. Details, everything was about the details. Sometimes there was almost too much detail to keep up with.”
Christina Engela, The Time Saving Agency

Brit Bennett
“Later that night, when we left the prayer room, we felt something in Upper Room shift. Couldn't explain it, something just felt different. We knew the walls of Upper Room like the walls of our own homes. We'd soft-stepped down hallways as the choir practiced, noticing that corner in front of the instrument closet where the paint had chipped, or the tile in the ladies' room that had been laid crooked. We'd spend decades studying the splotch that looked like an elephant's ear on the ceiling above the water fountain. And we knew the exact spot on the sanctuary carpet where Elise Turner had knelt the night before she killed herself. (The more spiritual of us even swore they could still see the indented curve from her knees.) Sometimes we joked that when we died, we'd all become part of these walls, pressed down flat like wallpaper.”
Brit Bennett, The Mothers

Mehek Bassi
“A good story or a book is all about it's power to hold it's readers still till the very last word of it's climax - complexity in language, dialogues, descriptions, everything else is secondary!”
Mehek Bassi

“The more power you use-

-the more detailed the observation of your specimen.

The more power you have, the narrower your field of vision.

Exactly, you say. The more power you have, my friends, the less you see of the whole.”
Rosemary Nixon

“GOD in not just in the details, He is the detail.”
TemitOpe Ibrahim

Kamand Kojouri
“If on any given day you don't cry from rejoicing in the beauty of the world, then you have not lived that day.”
Kamand Kojouri

“Conduct a detailed investigation of this issue or a field you are interested in”
Sunday Adelaja

Neal Gabler
“Look, the thing that's going to make Disneyland unique and different,' he insisted, 'is the detail. If we loose the detail, we loose it all.”
Neal Gabler

Jerry Pinkney
“…this story offers far more than a simple moral of how the meek can trump the mighty.”
Jerry Pinkney

Joanna Ruocco
“After all, I was dressed in linen and so retained a certain capacity for nonchalance.”
Joanna Ruocco, The Whitmire Case

Mary Butts
“She saw the skin pull under the driver's ears and knew that he was laughing.”
Mary Butts, The Complete Stories

Georges Rodenbach
“That is the way it is, we always fall in love because of a detail, a nuance. It is a marker we set up for ourselves in the midst of the confusion, in the infinite space of love. The greatest passions come from such little causes.”
Georges Rodenbach, The Bells of Bruges

“Roses aren’t red,
the detail is.”
Dominic Riccitello

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