Trivia Sayings and Quotes

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


An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people.     

Jack Welch

To have a high IQ, you tend to specialize, think deep thoughts. You avoid trivia.     

Christopher Langan

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Lead yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, and free your people to do the same. All else is trivia.     

"Dee Hock "

The first rule of success, and the one that supersedes all others, is to have energy. It is important to know how to concentrate it, how to husband it, how to focus it on important things instead of frittering it away on trivia.     

Michael Korda

Trivia rarely affect efficiency. Are all the machinations worth it, when their primary effect is to make the code less readable?     

Brian Kernighan

From such trivia, I believe my soul was born.     

Charlie Chaplin

It's a great medium for trivia and hobbies, but not the place for reasoned, reflective judgment. Suprisingly often, discussions degenerate into acrimony, insults and flames.     

Clifford Stoll

In a fast paced world, today's popular brand could be tomorrow's trivia question.     

Wayne Calloway

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.     

Charles Lindbergh

Once you have been confronted with a life and death situation, trivia no longer matters. Your perspective grows and you live at a deeper level. There's no time for pettiness.     

Margaretta Rockfeller

By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.      

John Dewey

Trivia rarely affect efficiency. Are all the machinations worth it, when their primary effect is to make the code less readable?     

Brian Kernighan

Trivia are not knowledge. Lists of facts don't comprise knowledge. Analyzing, hypothesizing, concluding from data, sharing insights, those comprise knowledge. You can't google for knowledge.     

Elaine Chaika

Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.     

Chuck Palahniuk

You get so tied up with the minutiae of the day-to-day, there's never a chance to sit back and let your subconscious run wild.     

Eric Betzig

There is no trivia in a strategic mind.     

Toba Beta

Why is it trivia? People call it trivia because they know nothing and they are embarrassed about it.     

Robbie Coltrane

The brain may die, but my compulsion for useless trivia lives on.     

Molly Harper