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Quotes of the Day for 24 October 2003 – Tiny

Anton van Leeuwenhoek was born on this day in 1632. He was not the inventor of the microscope as is often suggested, but he learned to make microscopes of greater power and clarity than anyone before him, and he spent most of his life drawing the most amazing images of tiny things that had never before been seen by humans. To mark this event, today's quotes relate to the small, the tiny, the infinitesimal.

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The quotes:

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the more important.
     - Arthur Conan Doyle, 1858 - 1930

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything. Life is made up of little things. True greatness consists in being great in little things.
     - Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709 - 1784

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 Dickinson, 1830 - 1886

It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge an elephant, but we can't dodge a fly.
     - Josh Billings, 1818 - 1885

I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.
     - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
     - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 - 1834


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