A life devoted to trifles, not only takes away the inclination, but the capacity for higher pursuits. The truths of Christianity have scarcely more influence on a frivolous than on a profligate character.
The great moments of life are but moments like the others. Your doom is spoken in a word or two. A single look from the eyes, a mere pressure of the hand, may decide it; or of the lips, though they cannot speak.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Trifles make perfection, but perfection itself is no trifle.
He who esteems trifles for themselves is a trifler; he who esteems them for the conclusions to be drawn from them, or the advantage to which they can be put, is a philosopher.
Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world.
Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these become at last their most serious concerns.
Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling, and useless things, than they deserved.
Frivolous curiosity about trifles, and laborious attentions to little objects which neither require nor deserve a moment's thought, lower a man, who from thence is thought, and not unjustly, incapable of greater matters.
It is in those acts which we call trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted.
There is a kind of latent omniscience not only in every man, but in every particle. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
There is no real elevation of mind in a contempt of little things. It is, on the contrary, from too narrow views that we consider those things of little importance, which have, in fact, such extensive consequences.
Whoever shall review his life will find that the whole tenor of his conduct has been determined by some accident of no apparent moment.
Trifles make the sum of human things, and half our misery from our foibles springs.
There are no trifles in the moral universe of God. Speak but one true word today, and it shall go ringing on through the ages.
Think nothing too little; seek for the cross in the daily incidents of life, look for the cross in everything. Nothing is too little which relates to man's salvation, nor is there anything too little in which either to please God or to serve Satan.
A grain of sand leads to the fall of a mountain when the moment has come for the mountain to fall.
Trifles we should let not plague us only, but also gratify us; we should seize not their poison-bags only, but their honey-bags also.
Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.
There is a care for trifles which proceeds from love of conscience, and is most holy; and a care for trifles which comes of idleness and frivolity, and is most base.
A little and a little, collected together, become a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.
Johnson well says, "He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything." Life is made up of little things. It is very rarely that an occasion is offered for doing a great deal at once. True greatness consists in being great in little things.
The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.
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