129 Trivial Things Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of trivial things quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about what is trivial things.

The Most Famous Trivial Things Quotes (Best in 2024)

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People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice. — Charles Bukowski

I think it's ultimately inhuman to only see things for their functionality. We want things to be more than that. The desire for beauty is something that's in us, and it's not trivial. — Stefan Sagmeister

A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties. — Karl Marx

When I cut myself I feel so much better. All the little things that might have been annoying me suddenly seem so trivial, because I'm concentrating on the pain — Richey Edwards

When we blather about trivial things, we ourselves become trivial, for our attention gets taken up with trivialities. You become what you give your attention to. — Epictetus

Those who are patient in the trivial things in life and control themselves will one day have the same mastery in great and important things. — Joe Hyams

Even the smallest and most trivial thing can bring you happiness when you do it for another. — Sun Myung Moon

The things that matter most should never be at the mercy of the things that matter least. — Leo Babauta

Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. — George Saunders

Most of our life is unimportant, filled with trivial things from morning till night. But when it is transformed by love it is of interest even to the angels. — Dorothy Day

Short Trivial Things Quotes

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  • What dire offence from am'rous causes springs, What mighty contests rise from trivial things. — Alexander Pope
  • When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales. — Ethel Merman
  • Concentrate on each task, whether trivial or crucial, as if it's the only thing that matters. — Mark Mccormack
  • There's more than one way to be a girl — Lauren Faust
  • In larger things we are convivial; what causes trouble is the trivial. — Richard Armour
  • Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter. — Max Beerbohm
  • To the mean eye all things are trivial, as certainly as to the jaundiced they are yellow. — Thomas Carlyle
  • Man often overstates the trivial things and understates the vital ones! — Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • Of course it's trivial, but then most things are. — John Malkovich
  • A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. — Thomas Aquinas
Trivial things quote Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.

What Is Trivial Things Quotes

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To believe that the intolerable crime is to burn a few cars and rob some shops, whereas to kill a young man is trivial, is typically in keeping with what Marx regarded as the principal alienation of capitalism: the primacy of things over existence, of commodities over life and machines over workers — Alain Badiou

What it means among other things is the more we learn about the nature of the universe, the nature of creation...if we're not updating what we mean by God...what we mean by the gospel, we're going to have outdated, misleading and actually trivial understandings of those. — Michael Dowd

You know what I'm great at? Trivial Pursuit. What good is that gonna do you in life? It has the word 'trivial' in the name. The game is basically telling you that you pursue trivial things. Trivial - as in not important. Trivial - as in maybe you should've gone to grad school. — Christian Finnegan

Trivial things quote Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made
Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick.

What makes a story a story is that something changes. Internal, external, small or large, trivial or of earth-shattering importance. Doesn't matter. — Sarah Monette

Trivial Matters Quotes

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A grand funeral for a dead mouse. — Moroccan Proverbs

We all might ask ourselves why we tune in to these more trivial matters and tune out when it comes to Darfur — Nicholas D. Kristof

The mice are fighting over the neighbor's yeast. — Moroccan Proverbs

As a girl my temper often got out of bounds. But one day when I became angry at a friend over some trivial matter, my mother said to me, Elizabeth, anyone who angers you conquers you. — Elizabeth Kenny

Tell the truth. Do your best no matter how trivial the task. Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong. Look out for the group before you look out for yourself. Don't whine or make excuses. Judge others by their actions and not by their race or other characteristics. — James F. Amos

Character is developed one positive action at a time. Therefore nothing is actually trivial in our lives. To grow in character development, pay attention to seemingly trivial matters. Someone who grows from each minor life event will eventually reach high levels of character perfection. — Zelig Pliskin

Journalism has become a sort of competitive screeching: what is trivial but noisy and immediate takes precedence over important matters that develop over time. — Ted Koppel

In science, all facts no matter how trivial, enjoy democratic equality. — Mary McCarthy

One day you do meet a man who kisses you and you can’t breathe around it and you realize you don’t need air. Oxygen is trivial. Desire makes life happen. Makes it matter. Makes everything worth it. Desire is life. Hunger to see the next sunrise or sunset. To touch the one you love. To try again. — Karen Marie Moning

An ethical atheist is infinitely more valuable than an unethical pious! What matters is whether you are ethical or not; your beliefs are utterly trivial beside this matter! — Mehmet Murat Ildan

Minor Things Quotes

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We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally. — Dalai Lama

Things are going very smoothly. As expected, there are some minor glitches, and the eight minutes that it took us to get to orbit, we trained months and months for, and didn't have to use any of that preparation, other than being aware and ready. — Laurel Clark

Knowing is not enough, You must apply — Bruce Lee

Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don't do well simply because they major in minor things. — Jim Rohn

There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech. — Aldo Leopold

Things cannot always go your way. Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints. — William Osler

Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the first time. — Margot Fonteyn

Life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. — Tony Robbins

Most people fail in life because they major in minor things. — Anthony Robbins

Disenchantment, whether it is a minor disappointment or a major shock, is the signal that things are moving into transition in our lives. — William Throsby Bridges

Tiny Things Quotes

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What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get in the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things. — Haruki Murakami

The great thing about the movies ... is-you're giving people little ... tiny pieces of time ... that they never forget. — James Stewart

I move forward in my life every day, even if it's only a tiny step, because I know that great things are accomplished with tiny moves, but nothing is accomplished by standing still — Zig Ziglar

Although pepper is tiny, its taste is intense. — Hungarian Proverbs

I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school. — Brian Eno

Here are sweet peas, on tiptoe for a flight; With wings of gentle flush o'er delicate white, And taper fingers catching at all things, To bind them all about with tiny rings. — John Keats

It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together ... and I knew it. — Tom Hanks

I always tell my students, about the biggest baddest things in life you must try to write small and light, save the big writing for the unexpected tiny thing that always makes or breaks a story. — Pam Houston

Let man reawake and consider what he is compared with the reality of things; regard himself lost in this remote corner of Nature; and from the tiny cell where he lodges, to wit the Universe, weigh at their true worth earth, kingdoms, towns, himself. What is a man face to face with infinity? — Blaise Pascal

Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness--how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view of things? This peephole is all I've got! — Yann Martel

Unimportant Things Quotes

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Simplify your life. Don't waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don't burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don't destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify! — Henry David Thoreau

The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet - that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God. — Oswald Chambers

Trivial things quote

There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day. — Alexander Woollcott

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The things to avoid is being a bore to oneself. — Gerald Brenan

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself. — Gerald Brenan

Don`t make unimportant things important — Dai Vernon

If you think there is such a thing as an unimportant game, just try losing one. — Gene Stallings

I don't really understand the concept of having a career, or what agents mean when they say they're building one for you. I just do things I think will be interesting and that have integrity. I hate those tacky, pointless, big, fluffy, unimportant movies. — Gwyneth Paltrow

Petty things become unimportant when people are impassioned about a purpose higher than self. — Stephen Covey

You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. — Og Mandino

Small Things In Life Quotes

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The small things in life often show a big heart. — Changpeng Zhao

One can remain alive ... if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity interested in big things and happy in small ways. — Edith Wharton

In life, it is never the big battle, the big moment, the big speech, the big election. That does not change things. What changes things is every day, getting up and rendering small acts of service and love beyond that what's expected of you or required of you. — Cory Booker

The God who created, names, and numbers the stars in the heavens also numbers the hairs of my head..He pays attention to very big things and to very small ones. What matters to me matters to Him, and that changes my life. — Elisabeth Elliot

Only the small things in life are important — Joseph Roth

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort. — Sir Humphrey Davy

We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right - one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in. — Atul Gawande

You have to learn to love the small things in life, like a hot bath. You have to love the small things, when you have nothing else — Joe Abercrombie

I find that the more willing I am to be grateful for the small things in life, the bigger stuff just seems to show up from unexpected sources, and I am constantly looking forward to each day with all the surprises that keep coming my way! — Louise Hay

No matter what's happening, choose to be happy. Don't focus on what's wrong. Find something positive in your life. Thank God for the small things. — Joel Osteen

Little Things In Life Quotes

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Live life like its the last breath you take for that breath is the whole essence of living, the little things in life are what connects us to all the big things we live for — Robert Frost

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies. — Laura Ingalls Wilder

You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life. — Emo Philips

A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. — Vince Lombardi

We can't change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it. — Andy Puddicombe

The biggest thing that I've learned is to run the marathon, not the sprint. By that I mean, don't let the little problems that you face in the hour in daily life cast a shadow over the larger joys that you have, over the course of the years. — Jon Foreman

Life can be wonderful. Do your best not to miss it!” Enjoy what it is before it isn't anymore. Dare to slip on a pair of bunny slippers once in a while! Surprise yourself! Enjoy the little things because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things! — Barbara Johnson

Sometimes the little things in life mean the most. — Ellen Hopkins

There is no luck in life, everything happens for a reason. Every little thing that you do... leads up to a bigger thing. And that's the story of my life. — Georges St-Pierre

Maybe the truth is, there's a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things. — Ann Brashares

People Writing About Trivial Things

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More Trivial Things Quotes

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The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things. — Franz Kafka

Souls who can recognize God in the most trivial, the most grievous and the most mortifying things that happen to them in their lives, honor everything equally with delight and rejoicing, and welcome with open arms what others dread and avoid. — Jean-Pierre de Caussade

When you're 50 you start thinking about things you haven't thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity -- but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial. — Joyce Carol Oates

When you're 50 you start thinking about things you haven't thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity - but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial. — Eugene O'Neill

Run down the list of those who felt intense anger at something: the most famous, the most unfortunate, the most hated, the most whatever: Where is all that now? Smoke, dust, legend...or not even a legend. Think of all the examples. And how trivial the things we want so passionately are. — Marcus Aurelius

Because, as we all know, it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about. — John Cleese

A sudden light transfigures a trivial thing, a weather-vane, a windmill, a winnowing flail, the dust in the barn door; a moment - and the thing has vanished, because it was pure effect; but it leaves a relish behind it, a longing that the accident may happen again. — Walter Pater

If I have learned one thing in my 54 years, it is that it is very good for the character to engage in sports which put your life in danger from time to time. It breeds a saneness in dealing with day to day trivialities which probably cannot be got in any other way, and a habit of quick decisions. — Nevil Shute

But anything that can be called "rigor" is lost exactly where the things become interesting and non trivial. — Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov

How do you pledge allegiance to a government? That's all America is: a government. There's no such thing as 'we're Americans.' That's just trivial bullshit to get you rooting for the home team. You're not an American. You're a guy, you're a person, you're an individual. — Doug Stanhope

One of the things that happens in my house on the holidays is after dessert, we sit down to a very ambitious men-versus-women game of Trivial Pursuit. It's brutal. And there's a trophy. — Bobby Flay

But such a tiny and trivial thing as an umbrella can deprive you of the sight of such a stupendous fact as the sun. — Meher Baba

Why should someone have to retrain themselves to use a new application that does the same basic thing as the old application, just because something as trivial as the operating system changed out from under them? — Jamie Zawinski

We cannot judge fully of men's works by what we see, or what is said and thought of them; for man is prone to depreciate that which is really important, and to exact and extol what is trivial and of little worth. Many things which are hidden and unrecognized of human wisdom are nevertheless valuable and vitally important. — Orson F. Whitney

Women are foils to men in South Korea. It is hard for women to take a lead role even in NGOs for political resistance. Men think women should do trivial things on the margins. They think women should be merely a seasoning for a dish. I feel anger and sorrow seeing this. — Kim Hyesoon

Each minute bursts in the burning room,The great globe reels in the solar fire,Spinning the trivial and unique away.(How all things flash! How all things flare!)What am I now that I was then?May memory restore again and againThe smallest color of the smallest day:Time is the school in which we learn,Time is the fire in which we burn. — Delmore Schwartz

I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality. — Henry David Thoreau

O Lord God, we pray that we may be inspired to nobleness of life in the least things. May we dignify all our daily life. May we set such a sacredness upon every part of our life, that nothing shall be trivial, nothing unimportant, and nothing dull, in the daily round. — Henry Ward Beecher

Why is it that we don't build human settlements that will feed themselves, and fuel themselves, and catch their own water, when any human settlement could do that easily? When it's a trivial thing to do? — Bill Mollison

Focus on the roses: 'A person who gathers honey will not escape being stung by bees. A person who gathers roses will not escape being scratched by thorns.' The positive things in life also have negative aspects. Keep your focus on the beautiful roses of the world, and the thorns will seem trivial and inconsequential. — Zelig Pliskin

Men think women should do trivial things on the margins. They think women should be merely a seasoning for a dish. I feel anger and sorrow seeing this. — Kim Hyesoon

Key feature of sexual revolution is the large-scale publication and commercialization of details that were once secret. Sexuality has been trivialized. The interesting thing about this is that exaggerated portrayals apparently destroy desire more effectively than any repression. — Volkmar Sigusch

Embracing new things often requires us to embrace our fears, however trivial they may seem. You deal with fear not by pretending it doesn't exist, but by refusing to give it decision-making authority. — Chris Guillebeau

The simple sense of wonder at the shapes of things, and at their exuberant independence of our intellectual standards and our trivial definitions, is the basis of spirituality. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

I cannot bear not to know the end of a tale. I will read the most trivial things – once commenced – only out of a feverish greed to be able to swallow the ending – sweet or sour – and to be done with what I need never have embarked on. Are you in my case? Or are you a more discriminating reader? Do you lay aside the unprofitable? — A. S. Byatt

To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else -- these are things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. — Mark Twain

I know that campaigns can seem small, and even silly. Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If you're sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me - so am I. — Barack Obama

The only fruit which even much living yields seems to be often only some trivial success,--the ability to do some slight thing better. We make conquest only of husks and shells for the most part,--at least apparently,--but sometimes these are cinnamon and spices, you know. — Henry David Thoreau

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