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Getting lost in some of the details at work, I took a moment to look up a phrase that had came to mind. The devil is in the details. I thought the Gammerist captured this nicely, and introduced me to an older more common phrase I don't recollect as standing out in my life's experiences.

Devil is in the details vs. God is in the detail

The idiom the devil is in the details means that mistakes are usually made in the small details of a project. Usually it is a caution to pay attention to avoid failure.

An older, and slightly more common phrase, God is in the detail means that attention paid to small things has big rewards, or that details are important.

The devil version of the idiom is a variation on the God phrase, though the exact origin of both is uncertain.

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