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TRIFLES
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[ Also see Frivolity Fuss Futility Littleness Trials Usefulness Uselessness Utility ]

There are no little things. Little things are the hinges of the universe.
      - Fanny Fern (pseudonym of Sara Payson Willis Parton),
        Ginger Snaps

The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little circumstances.
      - Edward Gibbon

The smallest hair throws its shadow.
  [Ger., Das kleinste Harr wirft seinen Schatten.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these trifles become at last their most serious concerns.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

These little things are great to little man.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 42)

Nothing is small or great in God's sight. Whatever He wills becomes great to us, however seemingly trifling; and if once the voice of conscience tells us that He requires anything of us, we have no right to measure its importance.
      - Jean Nicholas Grou

Policy of pin pricks.
  [Fr., Coups d'epingle.]
      - Louis Marie de la Haye, Vicomte de Cormenin,
        Vicomte de Cormenin

These trifles will lead to serious mischief.
  [Lat., Hae nugae seria ducent
    In mala.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (451)

There is a vigilance and judgment about trifles which men only get by living in a crowd; and those are the trifles of detail, on which the success of execution depends.
      - Horner

When I see the elaborate study and ingenuity displayed by woman in the pursuit of trifles, I feel no doubt of their capacity for the most herculean undertakings.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

A drop of water is as powerful as a thunder-bolt.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

Not for the mighty world. O Lord, tonight, Nations and kingdoms in their fearful might--Let me be glad the kettle gently sings, Let me be grateful for little things.
      - Edna Jaques

He that resigns his peace to little casualties, and suffers the course of his life to be interrupted for fortuitous inadvertencies or offences, delivers up himself to the direction of the wind, and loses all that constancy and equanimity which constitutes the chief praise of a wise man.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It has been well observed that the misery of man proceeds not from any single crush of overwhelming evil, but from small vexations continually repeated.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There is nothing too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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 (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Would to heaven he had given up to trifles like these all the time which he devoted to cruelty.
  [Lat., Atque utinam his potius nugis tota illa dedisset
    Tempora saevitiae.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (IV, 150)

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one pace.
      - Lao-Tzu (Lao-Tsze or Laosi)("The Venerable Philosopher")

Those who bestow too much application on trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Each particle of matter is an immensity, each leaf a world, each insect an inexplicable compendium.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

There is not one grain in the universe, either too much or too little, nothing to be added, nothing to be spared; nor so much as any one particle of it, that mankind may not be either the better or the worse for, according as it is applied.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.
  [Lat., Ex parvis saepe magnarum momenta rerum pendent.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXVII, 9)

A stray hair, by its continued irritation, may give more annoyance than a smart blow.
      - James Russell Lowell

The soft droppes of raine perce the hard Marble, many strokes overthrow the tallest Oke.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 81), (Arber's 1579 reprint)


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