150 Best Petty Quotes on Life Lessons and Success

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“Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”

@Sean Covey

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“You win when you refuse to fight petty people. Fighting little people reduces you to their size.”

@David J. Schwartz

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“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”

@George Carlin

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“If she’d learned one thing in the last two years, it was that life could be hard enough without adding petty resentments.”

@Glendy Vanderah

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“If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life – and only then will I be free to become myself.”

@Martin Heidegger

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“People were strange like that. Steal five dollars and you were a petty thief. Steal thousands of dollars and you were either a government or a hero.”

@Terry Pratchett

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“I wasn’t much of a petty thief. I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

@Charles Bukowski

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“Always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty.”

@Richard M. Nixon

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“One of the gifts our planet gave us is to love completely. Without jealousy or insecurity or fear. Without pettiness. Without anger.”

@Pittacus Lore

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“When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.”

@Baroness Orczy

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“Also, I do not like the companionship of women. They are petty and personal. They hang on to their mysteries and secrets, they act and pretend. I like the character of men better.”

@Anaïs Nin

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“I enjoy my pettiness with a dose of wit.”

@David Liss

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“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”


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“If she died, her petty heart wanted to know who to haunt.”

@Leigh Bardugo

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“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

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“The object of all good literature is to purge the soul of its petty troubles.”

@P.G. Wodehouse

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“I don’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like”


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“Writers are interesting people, but often mean and petty.”

@Lillian Hellman

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“Through the machineries of greed, pettiness, and the abuse of power, love occurs.”

@Thomas Pynchon

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“In the presence of greatness, pettiness disappears. In the absence of a great dream, pettiness prevails.”

@Peter M. Senge

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Famous Quotes on Pettiness By Petty Person

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

@Winston Churchill

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“Peace is not something petty, created by the mind; it is enormously great, infinitely extensive, and it can be understood only when the heart is full.”

@Jiddu Krishnamurti

“He whines, he complains, he ducks out of the most obvious responsibility. He is vain, petty and maddening, but he doesn’t ever quit.”

@Megan Whalen Turner

“There is small merit in mocking goodness, tweaking charity; it is much more comic to deprive people of their petty little existence for no reason at all, for a lark.”

@Jacques Rigaut

“I think it’s odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often and about such petty matters. Up to now I always thought bickering was just something children did and that they outgrew it.”

@Anne Frank

“Never, give in! Never give in! Never, never, never… In nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions or honor and good sense!”

@Sir Winston Churchill

“I know that life is a doorway to eternity, and yet my heart so often gets lost in petty anxieties. It forgets the great way home that lies before it.”

@Sophie Scholl

“There’s obviously some strange correspondence between the general outline of a life and that stream of petty events in which a person is constantly involved and regards as insignificant.”

@Victor Pelevin

“I would always be afraid: afraid of saying the wrong thing, of using an exaggerated tone, of dressing unsuitably, of revealing petty feelings, of not having interesting thoughts.”

@Elena Ferrante

“Never underestimate the human capacity for stupid, illogical, and petty behaviour.”

@Raymond E. Feist

“Put a petty criminal in maximum security prison and he’ll come out knowing how to rape and pillage.”

@Michelle Hodkin

“More than jealousy or possessiveness pettiness kills love.”

@Marty Rubin

“Hard-covered books break up friendships. You loan a hard covered book to a friend and when he doesn’t return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty. But twenty-five cent books are different.”

@John Steinbeck

“All evil and good is petty before Nature. Personally, we take comfort from this, that there is a universe to admire that cannot be twisted to villainy or good, but which simply is.”

@Vernor Vinge

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

@Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“It’s always so satisfying when you can twist someone’s hatred into guilt–make her realize that she was wrong, too quick to judge, too unwilling to look beyond her own petty concerns.”

@David Sedaris

“A good conversation always involves a certain amount of complaining. I like to bond over mutual hatreds and petty grievances.”

@Lisa Kleypas

“And deep down, she felt like maybe she didn’t deserve it-that she belonged with the petty thieves and guys who drank Pabst Blue Ribbon for breakfast”

@Jennifer Mcmahon

“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

“His name was Humberto, and now you’re just being petty.”

@Rae Carson

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“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

“The Government, Church, and television keep the average man so mired in petty concerns that he can no longer discern which battles are worth fighting for.”

@J. Nozipo Maraire

“Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”

@Richard Nixon

“How deep, how recondite this seeming petty heart, In whose recesses right and wrong lie dimmed by distance.”

@Sōseki Natsume

“The petty thief is imprisoned but the big thief becomes a feudal lord.”


“Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction and events without reason. Without a purpose life is trivial, petty, and pointless.”

@Rick Warren

“Two wrongs don’t make a right, but neither does one. Revenge may seem petty by day, but on some nights she becomes Justice.”

@Ashly Lorenzana

“Nothing so removes a man from his inner, mysterious, real life, nothing makes him so deaf and dumb as the picture of these petty passions and petty crimes which calls itself the world of politics.”

@Vladimir Odoevsky

“Let it go. That’s my philosophy: learn to not give a fuck, at least about petty shit. Life will be much simpler.”

@Cherrie Lynn

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

@Toba Beta

“Girls can be so petty and jealous. I swear they’re worse than guys sometimes. Except they’re all quiet about it. They sugarcoat it or else they talk behind each other’s backs. It’s seriously twisted.”

@Melody Carlson

“How could I alone have invented it or imagined it in my dream? Could my petty heart and fickle, trivial mind have risen to such a revelation of truth?”

@Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.”

@Jose Ortega y Gasset

“I’d drink your blood if I could and hook you into every memory inside me, every heartbreak, frame of reference, temporary triumph, petty defeat, mystic moment of surrender.”

@Anne Rice

“We have been told that freedom is the ability to pursue petty, trivial desires when true freedom is freedom from these petty, trivial desires.”

@Russell Brand

“The jeep would round the bend, be hit by a dozen bullets at once, and that would be the end of his petty history of unfocused groping and unimportant dissatisfactions.”

@Norman Mailer

“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.”


“Of such things, petty annoyance and aimless thrusts is history made.”

@Isaac Asimov

“This is payback, isn’t it?” Jim glared at me. “Don’t be ridiculous,” I told him. “As the Consort of the Pack, I’m far above petty revenge.”

@Ilona Andrews

“How quickly pettiness returns, and that most ignoble form of real estate, the possessive occupation and tyranny over two square inches of human flesh, the wife’s cunt.”

@Leonard Cohen

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“If I’d had enough breath, I would have screamed, both at the sensation and at the sheer pettiness of the bastard who wouldn’t allow me even a tiny chance of escape.”

@Karen Chance

“The worst things, however, are the petty thoughts. Verily, better to have done evilly than to have thought pettily!”

@Friedrich Nietzsche

“Invariably dressed in black, the Countess was one of those dowagers whose natural natural independence of mind, authority of age, and impatience with the petty made her the ally of all irreverent youth.”

@Amor Towles

“The petty-minded fools here think surgery and butchery are the same thing.”

@Seanan McGuire

“We have been taught that freedom is the freedom to pursue our petty, trivial desires. Real freedom is freedom from our petty, trivial desires.”

@Russell Brand

“Women without prospect, who lead dull earnest lives and rejoice in their petty little pseudo-pleasures, I find quite depressing and despicable.”

@Sei Shōnagon

“I am aware that the battle I am fighting is a petty one, but I am also aware that in order to win that which is great, you must first win that which is small.”

@James Frey

“I was not made for the desk and counting-house, for petty business squabbling, and legal jangling.”

@Jack London

“It’s my petty fear of personal rejection that allows so many true evils to exist. My cowardice enables atrocities.”

@Chuck Palahniuk

“I wonder if he would love me if he could see inside my head, the pettiness, the dirty linen of my thoughts, the terrible things that I have done.”

@Miranda Cowley Heller

“By day the hot sun fermented us; and we were dizzied by the beating wind. At night we were stained by dew, and shamed into pettiness by the innumerable silences of stars.”

@T.E. Lawrence

“A petty concern with mere evidence is an antiquated and bourgeois feature of the captalist legal system. We are revolutionaries. We convict from a revolutionary passion.”

@Ernesto Guevara

“This is where men and women are different, we can put aside petty competition for relationships – they can’t. It interferes.”

@Adriana Trigiani

“A petty concern with mere evidence is an antiquated and bourgeois feature of the captalist legal system. We are revolutionaries. We convict from a revolutionary passion.”

@Ernesto Guevara

“I can see that you spoke in ignorance, and I bitterly regret that I should have been so petty as to take offence where none was intended.”

@T.H. White

“True evil is always petty and often incompetent.”

@Claire Chilton

“One thing about great art: it made you love people more, forgive them their petty transgressions. It worked in the way that religion was supposed to, if you thought about it.”

@Nick Hornby

“Life’s to short to spend it fighting when you could be holding the one you love. And love’s to rare to squnder it with petty concerns.” The Apolloite groom to Rafael”

@Sherrilyn Kenyon

“How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?”

@George Eliot

“In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty.”

@Carl Sagan

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“Great things alone can make a great mind, and petty things will make a petty mind unless a man rejects them as completely alien.”

@Carl von Clausewitz

“One age misunderstands another; and a petty age misunderstands all the others in its own nasty way.”

@Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Life punishes those who have things in abundance by making them worry about petty things like: what to wear, or, which car to drive.”

@Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“It was a small act of pettiness, but by gentle, tenderhearted Martha’s standards, it was a declaration of all-out war, and Morrigan adored her for it.”

@Jessica Townsend

“How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!”

@Arthur Conan Doyle

“I know how much petty shit there is in the world and if I have an aim in life – apart from keeping my head down – it’s not to add to it.”

@Stephanie Butland

“The distance between Don Quixote and the petty bourgeois victim of advertising is not so great as romanticism would have us believe.”

@René Girard

“A man does not have himself killed for a half pence a day or for a petty distinction. You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him.”

@Napoleon Bonaparte

“I haven’t a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.”

@Mark Twain

“Listen, there are different ways of getting closure and one of those ways might be to make someone miserable for the sake of satisfying your petty soul.”

@Mia Sosa

“It’s all right. It’s like stumbling on a rock on the roadside. It’s petty…a small thing. The place you want to go…is more distant farther off. So…it’s all right. You’ll stand up. And you’ll start walking. Soon…”

@Kentaro Miura

“The manners that apply specifically during courtship come to be replaced over the course of marriage by a different set of manners, embodying the residual pettiness, complaining, and faultfinding of childhood.”

@Aaron T. Beck

“I wanted to have something good to remember about today,” she replied quietly. “Something that wasn’t petty and mean. Sometimes you have to provide such moments yourself.”

@Tamora Pierce

“We cannot speak loudly or angrily at such times; we are not apt to be eager about mere worldly things, for our very awe at our quickened sense of the nearness of the invisible world, makes us calm and serene about the petty trifles of today.”

@Elizabeth Gaskell

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

@Sebastian Faulks

“I had seen him in such moods. Every petty defect of the world enraged him, all the waste and stupidity and slowness of men, and all the irritants of nature too, biting flies and warping wood and the briars that ripped his cloak.”

@Madeline Miller

“It is a good thing to be a great sinner. Or should human beings allow Christ to have died on the Cross for the sake of our petty lies and our paltry whorings”

@Isak Dinesen

“What place indeed is there in the shallow petty frivolous thing called society for noble thoughts and feelings?”

@Honoré de Balzac

“Every day, God grants us the precious gift of life. Yet every day, we squander it with our selfish, petty concerns, rather than helping someone as He helps us.”

@Kirn Hans

“Merely accepting that we are lazy, distracted, petty, easily provoked to anger, and inclined to waste our time in ways that we will later regret is not a path to happiness.”

@Sam Harris

“We are a wretched, petty species, and we have been given power to destroy ourselves with.”


“The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun.”

@Swami Satchidananda

“They all do the same things. They may think their sins are original, but for the most part they are petty and repetitive.”

@Neil Gaiman

“She wasn’t speaking to me – in the juvenile, petty sense of the phrase.”

@Stephenie Meyer

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