Trifles Sayings and Quotes

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

There some trifles well habited, as there are some fools well clothed.     

Nicolas Chamfort

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.     

Alexander Pope

Sometimes, the inessential is essential.     

T.L. Rese

To trifle with Scripture is to deprive yourself of its aid. Reverence it, and look up to God with devout gratitude for having given it to you.     

Charles Spurgeon

In practice, such trifles as contradictions in principle are easily set aside; the faculty of ignoring them makes the practical man.     

Henry Adams

Any trifle is enough to entertain two lovers.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Trifles themselves are elegant in him.     


A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.     

Blaise Pascal

There is nothing unimportant in the universe.     

Ruth Bernhard

There are no trifles in the moral universe of God. Speak me a word to-day; — it shall go ringing on through the ages.     

William Morley Punshon

Don't fuss about trifles. Don't permit little things-the mere termites of life-to ruin your happiness.     

Dale Carnegie

A trifle can be enough when luck is on your side.     

Margi Preus

Trifles discover a character, more than actions of importance.     

William Shenstone

Contentions for trifles can get but a trifling victory.     

Philip Sidney

There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.     

Victor Hugo

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

Wallace Stevens

Trifles render us miserable, but trifles also console us.     


A trifle is often pregnant with high importance; the prudent man neglects no circumstance.     


It is, of course, a trifle, but there is nothing so important as trifles.     

Arthur Conan Doyle

To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.     

Isaac Watts

In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential.     

Oscar Wilde

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.     

William Shakespeare

Do not let trifles disturb your tranquility of mind. Life is too precious to be sacrificed for the nonessential and transient. Ignore the inconsequential!     

Grenville Kleiser

Since trifles make the sum of human things, And half our misery from our foibles springs.     

Hannah More

Who gives a trifle meanly is meaner than the trifle.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

A little thing comforts us because a little thing afflicts us.     

Blaise Pascal

Sometimes an unimportant incident is capable of turning everything beautiful into a moment of anxiety. We insist on seeing the mote in the eye and forget about the mountains, the fields and the olive groves.     

Paulo Coelho

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

Alexander Smith

Trifles lighter than straws are levers in the building up of character.     

Martin Farquhar Tupper