Sunday, March 6, 2011

Devil in the Details

I've been asked recently why I've tagged, "the devil is in the details" onto my blog title...

This idiom refers to a catch or a mysterious element hidden in the details.

'nuff said, right?  Here's the full definition from wonderful Wikipedia:

"The idiom "the devil is in the details" derives from the earlier phrase, "God is in the detail;" expressing the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e. details are important.

This original idiom has been attributed to a number of different individuals, most notably to German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) by The New York Times in Mies' 1969 obituary, however it is generally accepted to not have originated with him.

The expression also appears to have been a favorite of German art historian Aby Warburg (1866–1929), though Warburg's biographer, E.M. Gombrich, is likewise uncertain if it originated with Warburg. An earlier form "Le bon Dieu est dans le détail" (the good God is in the detail) is generally attributed to Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880). Bartlett's Familiar Quotations lists the saying's author as anonymous."

Here's Wikipedia's link to the quote if you want to do your own research: The Devil is in the details

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