Books about Triviality, Pettiness
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In larger things we are convivial; what causes trouble is the trivial.
Priority is a function of context.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
Dwight D Eisenhower
It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.
It is very sad for a man to make himself servant to a single thing; his manhood all taken out of him by the hydraulic pressure of excessive business.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.