Trifle Quotes

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.

Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

It is in those acts which we call trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted.

George Eliot

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

Francis De S. Fenelon

Whoever shall review his life will find that the whole tenor of his conduct has been determined by some accident of no apparent moment.

Samuel Johnson

Trifles make the sum of human things, and half our misery from our foibles springs.

Hannah More

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.

William Morley Punshon

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.

Edward B. Pusey

A grain of sand leads to the fall of a mountain when the moment has come for the mountain to fall.

Ernest Renan

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.

Jean Paul Richter

Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.

Francois, Duc De La Rochefoucauld

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.

John Ruskin

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.

Saadi

The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.

Madam Swetchine

Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy when great ones are not in the way. For want of a block he will stumble at a straw.

Jonathan Swift

Delude not yourself with the notion that you may be untrue and uncertain in trifles and in important things the contrary. Trifles make up existence, and give the measure by which to try us; and the fearful power of habit, after a time, suffers not the best will to ripen into action.

Carl Maria, Baron Von Weber

The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind; a narrow-minded man has it not, for to him they are great things

Richard Whately

Think naught a trifle, though it small appear; sands make the mountain, moments make the year, and trifles, life. Your care to trifles give, else you may die ere you have learned to live.

Edward Young

Passion costs me too much to bestow it on every trifle.

Thomas Adams

Things are always best seen when they are a trifle mixed-up, a trifle disordered; the chilly administrative neatness of museums and filing cases, of statistics and cemeteries, is an inhuman and antinatural kind of order; it is, in a word, disorder.

Camilo Jose Cela

The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.

Homer

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.

Samuel Butler

It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge an elephant, but we can't dodge a fly.

Josh Billings

Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans. Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones.

Chinese Proverb

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