Petty Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old petty quotes, petty sayings, and petty proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Never fear being a petty fool it means you ain't dying.

Timothy Spall

Beware of those who attribute petty instructions to God.     

Abdul Sattar Edhi

Gradually the feeling wears off, and I feel swamped again by the inexplicable pettiness of being alive.     

Sebastian Faulks

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Party loyalty lowers the greatest men to the petty level of the masses.

Jean De La Bruyere

The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not to be swayed by petty doubts.

Sun Tzu

Reproof should not exhaust its power upon petty failings.     

Samuel Johnson

The petty man wants to use God for himself; the ambitious man wants God to use him for God.     

Criss Jami

The constant petty behests of life permit few opportunities for major satisfactions, and when one is offered it should be seized.     

Rex Stout

Our thoughts are broadcasts of the soul, not secrets of the brain. Kind ones bring us happiness; petty ones, untold pain.     

Ritu Ghatourey

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world. Like a Colossus; and we petty men. Walk under his huge legs, and peep about. To find ourselves dishonourable graves.     

William Shakespeare

Petty things don't bother me as much as they used to.

Rebecca Lobo

The arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self.     

Francis Bacon, Sr.

To be able to always have a super sense of who I was and my own real identity and be petty and seem informed and always thinking in thoughts would be great.

Jeff Goldblum

It is better to lose everything you have to keep the balance of justice level, than to live a life of petty privilege devoid of true freedom.

Bryant H. McGill

Petty mindedness instructs eyes to see everything from an appropriate standpoint, beautifulness could be looked otherwise.     

Toba Beta

Guilt is petty; I am above guilt.     

Susan Cheever

Petty laws breed great crimes.

Ouida

It's smallness is not petty; on the contrary, it is profound.

Jan Morris

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Great necessity elevates man, petty necessity casts him down.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.

Theophrastus

More than jealousy or possessiveness pettiness kills love.     

Marty Rubin

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

George Carlin

An ambition to excel in petty things obstructs the progress to nobler aims.

Christian Nestell Bovee

Mankind accepts good fortune as his due, but when bad occurs, he thinks it was aimed at him, done to him, a hex, a curse, a punishment by his deity for some transgression, as though his god were a petty storekeeper, counting up the day's receipts.     

Sheri S. Tepper

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty.

Imelda Marcos

Don't be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success.

Maude Adams

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe.     

Robert Service

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