Accuracy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old accuracy quotes, accuracy sayings, and accuracy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Done right, precision can help clarify, plus it's fun.     

Betsy Hodges

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.     

François Fénelon

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.     

Wallace Stevens

Accuracy is essential to beauty.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.     

Grace Hopper

Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.     

Tryon Edwards

No person will deny that the highest degree of attainable accuracy is an object to be desired, and it is generally found that the last advances towards precision require a greater devotion of time, labour, and expense, than those which precede them.      

Charles Babbage

There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.     

Lee Iacocca

Accuracy is the basis of style. Words dress our thoughts and should fit; and should fit not only in their utterances, but in their implications, their sequences, and their silences, just as in architecture the empty spaces are as important as those that are filled.      

Freya Stark

Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth     

Anna Jameson

By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique, but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive at precision.     

Bruno Walter

Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.     

Wyatt Earp

Precision is, after all, not only a form of responsibility and a kind of pleasure, but an instrument of compassion. To be precise requires care, time, and attention to the person, place, or process being described.     

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.     

Charles R. Swindoll

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction     

Charles Revson

Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.     

James Thurber

Exactness cannot be established in the arguments unless it is first introduced into the definitions.      

Henri Poincare

In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.      

Samuel Beckett

Accurate and minute measurement seems to the non-scientific imagination, a less lofty and dignified work than looking for something new. But nearly all the grandest discoveries of science have been but the rewards of accurate measurement and patient long-continued labour in the minute sifting of numerical results.      

Baron William Thomson Kelvin

Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.     

William Blake

Consistency and accuracy instills believability.     

Bernard Kelvin Clive

Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thoroughness characterizes all successful men. Genius is the art of taking infinite pains. All great achievement has been characterized by extreme care, infinite painstaking, even to the minutest detail.     

Elbert Hubbard

Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty, and just reasoning to delicate sentiment. In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.     

David Hume

Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small.     

Donald Rumsfeld

Precision is not reality.     

Henri Matisse

Tiny details imperceptible to us decide everything!     

Winfried Georg Sebald

Precision, accuracy and pondering in wisdom and sciences, will nourish and develop a person's brain.     

Jafar ibn Muhammad as-S