Best Quotes About Petty

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. -Aesop

Its 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

A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction. -Graham Greene

A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive. -Sydney J. Harris

Unaware of the absurdity of it, we introduce our own petty household rules into the economy of the universe for which the life of generations, peoples, of entire planets, has no importance in relation to the general development. -Alexander Herzen

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous. -Zhuangzi

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

In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws. -Emil Cioran

At its best, entertainment is going to be a subjective thing that can't win for everyone, while at worst, a particular game just becomes a random symbol for petty tribal behavior. -John Carmack

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

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act. -Robert Jackson

Don't be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success. -Maude Adams

The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed themselves against the rising proletariat with, among other things, 'culture.' -George Grosz

A chief petty officer taught me shorthand, which got me promoted to yeoman first class. -Jack Adams

We're not going to pay attention to the silliness and the petty comments. And quite frankly, women have joined me in this effort, and so it's not about appearances. It's about effectiveness. -Katherine Harris

If I would go up on a high note, Eddie would want a low one. That's how petty the situation had become. -Sammy Hagar

I don't want to be a politician. I don't like politics. It's petty; it fights dirty. -John Mellencamp

Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul. -James Otis

The Band was always famous for its retirements; we'd go and play and get a little petty cash together, and then not see each other till it was time to fill our pockets up again. -Rick Danko

I have very little respect for Nancy Reagan. There is something about her that is very petty. -Walter Annenberg

Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same. -Xun Kuang

The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him. -Xun Kuang

There are successful scholars, public-spirited scholars, upright scholars, cautious scholars, and those who are merely petty men. -Xun Kuang

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

What have we achieved since the end of the Second World War? We have allowed petty, bourgeois regimes in which everything is average, mediocre. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

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

Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close. -William Wycherley

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

A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. -Walter Bagehot

The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles. -Anton Chekhov

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

If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal. -Denis Diderot

Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse? -Ivan Turgenev

Remember, 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 M. Nixon

Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools. -J. K. Rowling

I did not resign from politics because of Bofors. I resigned because I do not know how to play petty politics. I did not know back then and I don't know now either. -Amitabh Bachchan

In an interview with a journalist, you look petty taking the pot shot but in a slick ad you can really do damage – including unfair damage – from afar. It is not that much different than waging a war by a drone than by hand-to-hand combat. -Greta Van Susteren

My father was raised with brothers, he was a football player and a boxer, he was a chief petty officer in the Navy, he was a man of his times. -Hillary Clinton

If you look at things that really affect people's lives – sport, the arts, charities – they were always at the back of the queue for government money – health, social security, defence, pensions were all way ahead. And each of those areas – sports, the arts, the lottery – got relatively petty cash from the government. -John Major

I've found men are less likely to let petty things annoy them. -Marilyn Monroe

Let's make a deal with the Serbs. Neither history nor emotion in the Balkans will permit multinationalism. We have to give up on the illusion of the last eight years… Dayton isn't working. Nobody – except diplomats and petty officials – believes in a sovereign Bosnia and the Dayton accords. -Franjo Tudjman

I've been falsely accused of drawing too much from real life. But I am a petty thief – I take little things. And, I mean, I can hardly write 10 words before I start to make things up. I start to invent, because that's what I want to do. I'm running away to an invented place. -Lorrie Moore

I think standing and fighting and working alongside all of these people that raise their right hand and serve their nation… really wipes away the distractions of some of the petty things we think are important at home. -Pete Hegseth

The Hindu marriage may be described as the union of two families. In this union, there is no room for petty ambitions and personal ego-trips. What is involved is love for the entire family that one is marrying into. -Dada Vaswani

The soul, cramped among the petty vexations of Earth, needs to keep its windows constantly open to the invigorating air of large and free ideas: and what thought is so grand as that of an ever-present God, in whom all that is vital in humanity breathes and grows? -Lucy Larcom

Awards are not something that I measure my work by. I've been so fortunate and I've gotten to do such terrific things that it seems petty to look back and say, 'Oh, I should have gotten that prize.' I don't look at it that way. -Aaron Tveit

We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community. -Haile Selassie

The topic of trust is an important factor in all matters of the heart – and here's why. Men lie to women. Women lie to men. And most people agree that some lying is even necessary – to avoid petty squabbles and to grease the wheels of a relationship. -Joyce Brothers

Divorce is a 50-50 thing, and it can be a number of petty things that finally drive you out of your mind. -Lee Radziwill

Because cheating is easier when we can justify our behavior, people often cheat in small amounts: We can come up with an excuse for stealing Post-It notes, but it is much more difficult to come up with an excuse for taking $10,000 from petty cash. -Dan Ariely

Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners is nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices. -Ann Landers

I've never been in a 'Twitter fight,' though I've witnessed my fair share. I do enjoy vigorous and informed debate, but the benefit is lost when the exchange becomes a series of petty ad hominem attacks. I don't see much value in it. -James G. Stavridis

We should not have a petty regard for God's gifts, though we may and should despise our own imperfections. -Saint Ignatius

God is so big. It's a gigantic concept in God. The idea that God might love us and be interested in us is kind of huge and gigantic, but we turn it, because we're small-minded, into this tiny, petty, often greedy version of God, that is religion. -Bono

We're often ashamed of asking for so much help because it seems selfish or petty or narcissistic, but I think, if there's a God – and I believe there is – that God is there to help. That's what God's job is. -Anne Lamott

It's a petty thing, but I wouldn't join the Scouts when I was a kid, 'cause you had to swear allegiance to the queen. I'm just not a royalist. I think it's idiotic, a hereditary principle. -Elvis Costello

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. -Edgar Mitchell

Though I had come into the world on 16 November 1922, my official documents show that I was born two days later, on the 18th. It was thanks to this petty fraud that my family escaped from paying the fine for not having registered my birth at the proper legal time. -Jose Saramago

Girls, to me, growing up were very, very petty and didn't want me to succeed and didn't want the best for me. -Rachel Zoe

There is no evidence that dogs have the kind of complex emotional lives and value systems that we do. It's one reason why we love them so much, in fact. They are neither "good" nor "bad." They don't hold grudges, act in petty ways, or seek revenge. They read our moods, but not our minds. -Jon Katz

Men are separated by so many petty things. -Aaron Huey

My life is full of drama, and I don't have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like. -Adele

Should surveillance be usable for petty crimes like jaywalking or minor drug possession? Or is there a higher threshold for certain information? Those aren't easy questions. -Bill Gates

Should there be cameras everywhere in outdoor streets? My personal view is having cameras in inner cities is a very good thing. In the case of London, petty crime has gone down. They catch terrorists because of it. And if something really bad happens, most of the time you can figure out who did it. -Bill Gates

'Attack The Block' is an alien invasion film set in South London. It's about a group of kids who are some petty thugs, who have to find the hero in themselves, when they attack. -John Boyega

Socialism violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: It turns government into God, it legalizes thievery and it elevates covetousness. Discussions of income inequality, after all, aren't about prosperity but about petty spite. Why should you care how much money I make, so long as you are happy? -Ben Shapiro

As leaders, we need to rise above petty politics and lead, rather than follow, the various interests and pressure groups in our respective countries. -Hassan Rouhani

No words can describe the personal liberation that heading seaward bestows upon me. In this aquatic realm, no man or woman is subject to the petty decrees of social bureaucracy. -Paul Watson

As I get older, I find myself getting angrier and angrier. Doubtless, change itself, not to mention physical decline and inevitable petty tragedies of disappointed expectations, would have made for resentment in any event; but I used to be a passive schoolboy, my negative impulses turned obediently inward. -William T. Vollmann

The first thing they gave me at 'Sports Illustrated' was a first-class air card. 'And oh, by the way, there's the petty cash drawer,' they told me. 'Take a few thousand dollars for expenses.' -Dan Jenkins

I don't get into these petty things, Kentucky-Louisville. To me, it's nonsense… There will be people at Kentucky that will have a nervous breakdown if they lose to us… They've got to put the fences up on bridges. There will be people consumed by Louisville. -Rick Pitino

Part of my desire to play music was because I wanted to escape the art world and the politics of it; the petty gossip-y art world. But you know, I feel like they're both equal forms of expression. -Kim Gordon

The name of the show was 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' not 'Philip and Viv of Bel-Air.' If you didn't want to walk away from the best job in the world over a petty issue, you accepted the way it was. -James Avery

I liked teaching, but the bureaucracy of academia and the petty intrigue… It wasn't a good fit. Once I admitted that myself, that I didn't like academia, I was ready to try TV. -Nic Pizzolatto

Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. -Winston Churchill

Amazon is famously run by studying and responding to its own data; yet when it comes to promotions, decisions are often subjective and guided by human emotions and petty political dynamics. -Brad Stone

If we destroy the biosphere, then mankind will die. We all waste our time worrying about stupid wars and petty jealousy and greed, and all the time, we're sitting on a time bomb. -Ron Moody

There's no room for petty grievances in politics. -Sergei Lavrov

Indulged habits of dependence create habits of indolence, and indolence opens the portal to petty errors, to many degrading habits, and to vice and crime with their attendant train of miseries. -Dorothea Dix

I'm trying to get at something a little transcendent between humans. But at the same time, there's all that baggage: What's beautiful about humans is what's balanced by what's kind of ugly and petty and depressing. -Lynn Coady

What I find curious is that I ever became a writer at all. I grew up in the South Bronx, the land of poverty and petty hoodlums. -Jerome Charyn

Like every other industry or institution, the journalism world is populated by the petty and fearful, in addition to the courageous and brilliant. -Peter Landesman

For a real New India to arise, all petty and small things must be given up. To be redeemed, all Indians must offer to sacrifice not only their good things, but all those evil things they cling to blindly – their hates and their divisions, their pride in what they should be thoroughly ashamed of, their quarrels and misunderstandings. -Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Let us be bold enough and free enough to follow the great examples – the men of good will and honor who put aside little ways and petty hatreds to build the American dream. -Stephen Vincent Benet

As the economy goes south, petty theft begins. And then grand theft. And then muggings. -John McAfee

Immersing myself in Shakespeare's plays, reading them closely under the guidance of a brilliant, plain-spoken professor changed my life: It opened up the great questions; it put my petty problems into perspective. It got me out of bed in the mornings and kept me in the library late into the night. -Jhumpa Lahiri

The red squirrel is more common and less dignified than the gray, and oftener guilty of petty larceny about the barns and grain-fields. -John Burroughs

Congressional opposition to immigration reform or emergency funds doesn't stem from any philosophical objections or differences of principle. It stems from a calculated, petty, selfish rejection of anything Obama proposes. -Donna Brazile

'The Cauliflower' is full of these bizarre anecdotes, some of them petty, others moving or whimsical, as its many characters try to make sense of the universe in which they live – a universe strange, febrile, and utterly unique. -Justin Cartwright

Apartheid – both petty and grand – is obviously evil. Nothing can justify the arrogant assumption that a clique of foreigners has the right to decide on the lives of a majority. -Steven Biko

The me you see on stage is largely a construct, based on me at my worst, my most annoying, my most petty, and my most patronizing. -Stewart Lee

Too often, we see wedge politics and petty rhetoric used to belittle adversaries and inflame partisan divisions. -Larry Hogan

Clever of me to become a critic. We critics scrutinize and show off to a higher end. For a greater good. Our manners, our tastes, our declarations are welcomed. Superior for life. Except when we're not. Except when we're dismissed or denounced as envious or petty, as derivatives and dependents by nature. Second class for life. -Margo Jefferson

I think people have turned terrorists into these larger-than-life devils and so are unable to write about them in the obvious way, which is as human, petty, bumbling. -Karan Mahajan

When you can't see someone all day long, the only thing you have to evaluate is the work. A lot of the petty evaluation stats just melt away. -Jason Fried

The petty logic of political parties cannot be allowed to stifle the French people's legitimate aspirations to safety and liberty. -Marine Le Pen

When politicians don black robes and seize powers they do not have, they should be called out for what they are – usurpers and petty tyrants. -Pat Buchanan

Making dance music is a spiritual thing. It's about being completely absorbed by rhythm and vibration, so much so that the petty stuff of life stops mattering. -Sophie Hawley-Weld

I have two little boys, and I want them to feel like this is the nation that I know. That this is the nation that isn't petty. -Brad Paisley

I'm fascinated by the capacity to be able to do harm. I struggle every day with the ability of people to do evil. Not just the big things – the petty things that people do in order to make someone feel small, when it's so easy to do, and it hurts so much. -Forest Whitaker

I am angry when I hear things like Cheney whispering into Bush's ear on the way to Obama's inauguration to ask him to pardon 'Scooter' Libby and not to 'leave a soldier on the battlefield'. What kind of metaphor is that for his petty partisan views, when you have men and women giving the ultimate sacrifice? I have nothing but contempt. -Valerie Plame

It's funny, I often think about how, if we were all placed in an apocalyptic situation, you'd realize quickly how stupid, petty things just don't matter anymore. Who you love is who you love, and it doesn't matter. -Alycia Debnam-Carey

People throughout time have grieved, have fallen in love, have fallen out of love. We are sometimes petty and sometimes heroic, and we have been that way forever. -Monica Hesse

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

If I could tell every Trump supporter two things, it would be to travel and read a history book. Look beyond yourselves; look at how petty the morals you uphold seem when you realize we are not the only ones. -Lauren Jauregui

My dad was a laborer. And he used to get up at 5:30 every morning. He worked for 50 years of his life, in all weathers for, by showbiz standards, petty cash. I remind myself of that when I feel a little bit spoiled or hard done by. -Ricky Gervais

If the world's nations can set aside their petty bickering over religion, politics, and territory, certainly I can 'get that Olympic Spirit' and rise above my prejudices. -Colson Whitehead

I think that the work that Bette Davis and Joan Crawford did was truly extraordinary, and that's their legacy. Not the other petty stuff. -Ryan Murphy

Girlhood is often marred by schoolgirl cruelty, a grim rite of passage in which parents sometimes cruelly collude. Mothers and fathers must take a stand against petty or protracted hostility between girls. -Rachel Simmons

I am very competitive – with myself and everybody else. I'm petty, too. -Bozoma Saint John

Literary novelists who have a strong handle on plot are often characterized as good vacation reads because they manage to transport you elsewhere, away from the petty facts of ordinary life. -Michelle Dean

Everything is possible; we just need to be hopeful and think of the world from a human perspective. The world is so small compared to the universe, so we shouldn't fight for petty things. -Manal al-Sharif

Trump's executive order on refugees, his endless petty feuds – with allies, with judges, with Arnold Schwarzenegger – his constant stream of up-is-down and down-is-up fabrications is outrageous. -Arianna Huffington

The supposedly petty sexual harassment that so many women have to endure, from Hollywood studios to the factory floor at Ford, is a national outrage that needs to end. Period. -Bret Stephens

I feel like most movies about female friends derive their conflict from an extension of the high school movie rivalries, or there's some petty grievance: a competition over a guy or a wedding date or something. And I don't relate to any of that. -Susanna Fogel

'Star Trek' works for me because it deals with the petty issues of humankind. -Genesis P-Orridge

The road to some of the darkest moments of history have been paved with the rants of petty demagogues against ethnic minorities for centuries. -Bob Menendez

To be spiritual means you have cosmic ambitions. You want to know not just the whole creation but the Creator and the source of creation as well. To be material means you have petty ambitions of owning a house – or 10 houses – or a whole apartment building. -Jaggi Vasudev

For a long time, I've loved the kind of characters who are boastful yet petty. I was originally a gag manga artist, after all. -Akira Toriyama

I don't really sweat the petty things. -Bayley

I'm not really good at worrying. I think I get that from my pops. He can be in some really dire straights and be a real optimist, so I don't sweat the petty stuff. -Urijah Faber

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