Il en faut savoir le détail

Rochefoucauld Maxime 106 (I think the number is right):

Pour bien savoir les choses, il en faut savoir le détail ; et, comme il est presque infini, nos connaissances sont toujours superficielles et imparfaites

To know things well it is necessary to know their details; and, as detail is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect.

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