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Paul Auster
“The truth of the story lies in the details.”
Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“If you want to annoy a poet, explain his poetry.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Life on earth is a whole, yet it expresses itself in unique time-bound bodies, microscopic or visible, plant or animal, extinct or living. So there can be no one place to be. There can be no one way to be, no one way to practice, no one way to learn, no one way to love, no one way to grow or to heal, no one way to live, no one way to feel, no one thing to know or be known. The particulars count.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Libba Bray
“I've heard it said that God is in the details. It's the same with the truth. Leave out the details, the crucial heart, and you can damn someone with the bare bones of it.”
Libba Bray , A Great and Terrible Beauty

Fredrik Backman
“Everything is complicated if no one explains it to you.”
Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

James  Wood
“Literature differs from life in that life is amorphously full of detail, and rarely directs us toward it, wheras literature teaches us to notice. Literature makes us better noticers of life; we get to practice on life itself; which in turn makes us better readers of detail in literature; which in turn makes us better readers of life.”
James Wood, How Fiction Works

“If we go down the rabbit hole of our unconsciousness and try to unravel the knotty points of our life story we may encounter a bunch of hidden niceties or emotional stowaways. Forgotten details in the windmill of our mind may daintily reveal, where things might have gone wrong. (“I wonder what went wrong.”)”
Erik Pevernagie

W.G. Sebald
“Tiny details imperceptible to us decide everything!”
Winfried Georg Sebald, Vertigo

Erin Morgenstern
“I saw in details while she saw in scope. Not seeing the scope is why I am here and she is not. I took each element spearately and never looked to see that they never did fit together properly”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Mike Gayle
“In a relationship the details are everything because they remind you - just when you need to be reminded the most - why you fell in love with someone in the first place.”
Mike Gayle, His 'N' Hers

“The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation.”
Hyman G. Rickover

Arthur Conan Doyle
“It has always seemed to me that so long as you produce your dramatic effect, accuracy of detail matters little. I have never striven for it and I have made some bad mistakes in consequence. What matter if I hold my readers?”
Arthur Conan Doyle

Jodi Picoult
“Life is not a plot; it's in the details.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts

Wilkie Collins
“In all my experience along the dirtiest ways of this dirty little world, I have never met with such a thing as a trifle yet.”
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Little details have special talents in creating big problems!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Chuck Palahniuk
“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. The shortcut to closing a door is to bury yourself in the details. This is how we must look to God. As if everything's just fine.”
Chuck Palahniuk

Roman Vishniac
“Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification--crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.”
Roman Vishniac

Richard Diaz
“The details of life have a tendency to interfere with the actual living of life.”
Richard Diaz

Lish McBride
“He was not used to being at a loss. Usually, he was the gentleman with the plan. Every little detail cataloged and put in its place. But now he had no place, and the details were everywhere.”
Lish McBride, Necromancing the Stone

Margaret Mahy
“Somewhere int he flesh of the earth the dreadful earthquake shuddered, the tide walked to and fro on the leash of the moon, rainbows formed, winds swept the sky like giant brooms piling up clouds before them, clouds which writhed into different shapes, melted into rain or darkened, bruised themselves against an unseen antagonist and went on their way, laced with forking rivers of lightning, complete with white electric tributaries. Out of this infinite vision an infinity of details could be drawn, but Sonny had settled on one, and from the endless series a particular beach was chosen and began to form around Laura - a beach of iron-dark sand and shells like frail stars, and a wonderful wide sea that stretched, neither green nor blue, but inked by the approach of night into violet and black, wrinkling with its own salty puzzles, right out to a distant, pure horizon.”
Margaret Mahy, The Changeover

George Gamow
“If and when all the laws governing physical phenomena are finally discovered, and all the empirical constants occurring in these laws are finally expressed through the four independent basic constants, we will be able to say that physical science has reached its end, that no excitement is left in further explorations, and that all that remains to a physicist is either tedious work on minor details or the self-educational study and adoration of the magnificence of the completed system. At that stage physical science will enter from the epoch of Columbus and Magellan into the epoch of the National Geographic Magazine!”
George Gamow

Gustave Flaubert
“The devil is in the detail" is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details. It derives from "God is in the detail" attributed to German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969). Earlier on Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) said "Le bon Dieu est dans le detail." Meaning that things seem simple at first but are more complex or require more time and effort than expected. The earlier idea is that details are important; whatever one does should be done thoroughly.”
Gustave Flaubert

Nicholson Baker
“When you leave a job, one of the hardest decisions you have to make on cleaning out your desk is what to do with the coffinlike cardboard tray holding 958 fresh-smelling business cards. You can’t throw them out— they and the nameplate and a few sample payroll stubs are proof to yourself that you once showed up at that building every day and solved complicated, utterly absorbing problems there; unfortunately, the problems themselves, though they once obsessed you, and kept you working late night after night, and made you talk in your sleep, turn out to have been hollow: two weeks after your last day that already have contracted into inert pellets one-fiftieth of their former size; you find yourself unable to create the sense of what was really at stake, for it seems to have been the Hungarian 5/2 rhythm of the lived workweek alone that kept each fascinating crisis inflated to its full interdepartmental complexity. But coterminously, while the problems you were paid to solve collapse, the nod of the security guard, his sign-in book, the escalator ride, the things on your desk, the site of colleagues’ offices, their faces seen from characteristic angles, the features of the corporate bathroom, all miraculously expand: and in this way what was central and what was incidental end up exactly reversed.”
Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine

Vladimir Nabokov
“In reading, one should notice and fondle details.”
Vladimir Nabokov

“Love is in the sensual details.”
Lebo Grand

“It is by aligning with our own sensuality that we can find true fulfillment in our relationships. Love works when sensuality works.”
Lebo Grand

Deyth Banger
“Details are important, be observant.”
Deyth Banger

Nesta Jojoe Erskine
“The master takes his good enough work to excellence by considering every detail and straightening all that is crooked. Excellence happens when every detail is taken care of.”
Nesta Jojoe Erskine, Unforgettable: Living a Life That Matters

Maria Dahvana Headley
“She runs her tongue over her teeth as she walks out the door, and feels an edge, something needing to be filed down before she bites her tongue. Dentist. Manicure. Makeup. Hair salon. She tastes blood, swallows it, pops a mint into her mouth. Small repairs. There's no woman alive who hasn't found the occasional hole in heaven, and carefully, meticulously, covered it back up.”
Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife

“Sensuality, essentially, means falling in love with details that make you feel luscious.”
Lebo Grand

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