John Flavel Page

“Alas! that Christians should stand at the door of eternity having more work upon their hands than their time is sufficient for, and yet be filling their heads and hearts with trifles.”

- John Flavel

Doris Lessing Page

“It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.”

- Doris Lessing

Joseph Addison Page

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

- Joseph Addison

Lord Chesterfield Page

“A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.”

- Lord Chesterfield

Source/Notes: Lord Chesterfield's Letters (1998 edition), Oxford University Press - ISBN: 9780192837158
Jean de la Bruyere Page

“Children are contemptuous, haughty, irritable, envious, sneaky, selfish, lazy, flighty, timid, liars and hypocrites, quick to laugh and cry, extreme in expressing joy and sorrow, especially about trifles, they'll do anything to avoid pain but they enjoy inflicting it: little men already.”

- Jean de la Bruyere


Richard Francis Burton Page

“How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man's life, religiously preserve the merest trifles.”

- Richard Francis Burton

George Chapman Page

“He that shuns trifles must shun the world.”

- George Chapman

Charles Horton Cooley Page

“The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.”

- Charles Horton Cooley

Source/Notes: On Self and Social Organization (1998 edition), University of Chicago Press - ISBN: 9780226115085
Alexander Herzen Page

“Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.”

- Alexander Herzen

Samuel Johnson Page

“Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.”

- Samuel Johnson

Source/Notes: The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D..: The Rambler (1825 edition)


Samuel Richardson Page

“All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood, are only trifles of different sorts and sizes, proportioned to our years and views.”

- Samuel Richardson

Source/Notes: A collection of the moral and instructive sentiments: a facsimile reproduction (1980 edition), Scholars Facsimilies & Reprint
Arthur Schopenhauer Page

“It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.”

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer Page

“It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.”

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Alexander Smith Page

“Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of human life.”

- Alexander Smith

Thomas Sprat Page

“A great proportion of the wretchedness which has embittered married life, has originated in a negligence of trifles.”

- Thomas Sprat


Wallace Stevens Page

“How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.”

- Wallace Stevens

Queen Victoria Page

“Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.”

- Queen Victoria