A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
— Lord Chesterfield

They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld trifling quote

Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.
— Livy

In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interests are at stake.
— Aristotle

When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
— trifling quotation by Yann Martel