Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It's the Small Improvements

"What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"My own idea is that these things are as piffle before the wind." - Daisy Ashford

"Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things. I am tempted to think there are no little things." - Bruce Barton

"Nothing can be done except little by little." - Charles Baudelaire

"Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things." - Lawrence D. Bell

"It can be helpful simply to make a written or mental list of the things you do each day. Then give yourself a mental credit for each of them, however small. This will help you focus on what you have done instead of what you haven't gotten around to do. It may sound simplistic, but it works." - David D. Burns

"There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps." - Peter A. Cohen

"You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth." - Odysseus Elytis

"Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day." - Benjamin Franklin

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, lies the danger that we shall do nothing." - Adolph Monod

"If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things." -  Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” - Napoleon Hill quotes

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us. - Francis Bacon

Silence is the virtue of fools. - Sir Francis Bacon

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. - Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. - Edelman, Marian Wright

A small leak can sink a great ship. - Franklin, Benjamin

For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great. - Gasset, Jose Ortega Y

All good work is done the way ants do things, little by little. - Hearn, Lafcadio

If you add a little to a little and do this often, soon the little will become great. - Hesiod

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. - Keller, Helen

The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things. - Lichtenberg, Georg C.

Inches make champions. - Lombardi, Vince

It's the little things that make the big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class. - Marriott, J. Willard

The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments. - Schwartz, David J.

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching. - Sivananda, Sri Swami

All great things are only a number of small things that have carefully been collected together. - Unknown

Increased QUALITY/PRODUCTIVITY is made up of 1000s of small improvements. Just like Gulliver who was held down by 1000s of threads. Each one doesn't seem to mean much, and in the case of a thread, can be easily broken. But 1000s of them can have a very strong effect. - Unknown

Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon. - Washington, Booker T.

It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones. - Webster, Jean

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. - Wooden, John

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