In a major matter no details are small.
Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.
Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.
One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite -- that particular peach is but a detail.
Measure three times before you cut once.
Carelessness is worse than a thieve.
Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.
The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.
Pedantry is the showy display of knowledge which crams our heads with learned lumber and then takes out our brains to make room for it.
I have always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.