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.


Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.     

Pierre Corneille

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.     

Zhuangzi

You don't have to knock anyone off their game to win yours. It doesn't build you up to tear others down.     

Mandy Hale

When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.     

Henry David Thoreau

Gossips are only sociologists upon a mean and petty scale.     

Woodrow Wilson