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Re: Forest

Posted by R. Berg on December 29, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Forest posted by John Pursel on December 29, 2002

: I knew the meaning of " Unable to see the woods or forest for the trees".
: However that is not my point. My phrase is attempting to illustrate the
: seeing of the forest, but it blocks the seeing of the trees.
: That is to say one sees the forest but cannot see the trees.
: So the big picture takes over leaving all small things lost.

Your original post said "Define: Sometimes the forest gets in the way of the trees." What were you asking? If you were asking for a traditional phrase that expresses that meaning, a meaning opposite to the one we usually hear, "can't see the forest for the trees," the closest one I know is "God is in the details."