Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
—Og Mandino (1923–96) American Self-Help Author
All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
—Laozi (fl.6th Century BCE) Chinese Philosopher, Sage
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 (1821–81) Swiss Moral Philosopher, Poet, Critic
Yard by yard, it’s very hard. But inch by inch, it’s a cinch.
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.
—Marian Wright Edelman (b.1939) American Civil Regrets Advocate, Humanitarian, Lawyer
I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.
—Warren Buffett (b.1930) American Investor
Life levels all men: death reveals the eminent.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
We must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
—Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) Spanish Painter, Sculptor, Artist
For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.
—Jose Ortega y. Gasset (1883–1955) Spanish Critic, Journalist, Philosopher
As we become curators of our own contentment on the Simple Abundance path… we learn to savor the small with a grateful heart.
—Sarah Ban Breathnach (b.1947) American Self-help Author
To be free of destructive stress don’t sweat the small stuff and by realizing that all stuff is small.
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.
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
—John Wooden (1910–2010) American Sportsperson
Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the everyday things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.
—Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) African-American Educationist
Nothing can be done except little by little.
—Charles Baudelaire (1821–67) French Poet, Art Critic, Essayist, Translator
Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents pots and pans—the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. Instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. A featherweight portable museum.
—Susan Sontag (1933–2004) American Writer, Philosopher
I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
—Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) American Children’s Novelist
The chief duty I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
—Helen Keller (1880–1968) American Author
Someone has calculated that in fifteen minutes a day we can read the Bible through twice in a year’s time.
Inches make champions.
—Vince Lombardi (1913–70) American Football Coach
If we triumph in the little things of our common hours, we are sure to triumph in our lives.
Those that are little, little things suit.
—Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65–8 BCE) Roman Poet
It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little; a great deal may rouse you to remove what a little will only accustom you to endure.
—George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1746–1816) British Nobleman, Politician
Well-being is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.
—Zeno of Citium (c.334–c.265 BCE) Greek Philosopher
It has been rightly said that nothing is unimportant, nothing powerless in the universe; a single atom can dissolve everything, and save everything! What terror! There lies the eternal distinction between good and evil.
—Gerard de Nerval (1808–55) French Poet, Essayist, Critic
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
—Mother Teresa (1910–97) Roman Catholic Missionary, Nun
Don’t worry, be happy.
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) English Poet, Literary Critic, Philosopher
You’ll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth.
—Odysseus Elytis (1911–96) Greek Poet
You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy.
—Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) South African Political leader