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
Revealing Trivial Things quotations
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.
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.
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.
One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the thing you've always wanted. Do it now.
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.
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
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.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
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.
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.
Even the smallest and most trivial thing can bring you happiness when you do it for another.
Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick.
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.
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.
Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial.
Today I will go out with the flow of life and trust the process. I will not stress over things I can't control.
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
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.
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.
If you eyes are opened, you'll see the things worth seeing.
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.
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.
What dire offence from am'rous causes springs, What mighty contests rise from trivial things.
You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control your that means everyone can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.
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.
When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
But anything that can be called "rigor" is lost exactly where the things become interesting and non trivial.
Sometimes, a break from your routine is the very thing you need.
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.
But such a tiny and trivial thing as an umbrella can deprive you of the sight of such a stupendous fact as the sun.
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.
Two things you will never have to chase: true friends and true love.
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.
Concentrate on each task, whether trivial or crucial, as if it's the only thing that matters.
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?
Beautiful things don't ask for attention.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
In larger things we are convivial; what causes trouble is the trivial.
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?
There's more than one way to be a girl
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.
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.