Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
— Francois de la Rochefoucauld

A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
Clifton Fadiman trivial quote

The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
— Bertrand Russell

It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
— Doris Lessing