Trivial Quotes

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B.F. Skinner
“We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.”
B. F. Skinner

Criss Jami
“As Aristotle said, 'Excellence is a habit.' I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he's ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Some details in life may look insignificant but appear to be vital leitmotifs in a person's life. They may have the value of "Rosebuds" of Citizen Kane or "Madeleine cookies" of Marcel Proust or "Strawberry fields" of the Beatles. People regularly walk down the memory lane of their early youth. The paper boats of their childhood are recurrently floating on the waves of their mind and bring back the mood and the spirit of the early days. They enable us to retreat from the trivial, daily worries and can generate delightful bliss and true joy in a sometimes frantic and chaotic life. ("Paper boats forever" )”
Erik Pevernagie

“Eureka" can be an answer to a question we have never asked. It can be the articulation of a sudden and unforeseen idea or the expression of a magic moment that throws us into a new world. It acts like a radiant sunbeam that comes out of the blue and illuminates a dim past, opening a new, dynamic horizon. It may even be a trivial but lucky encounter with new friends, who let us be what we are in our imagination: original and undifferentiated. (“Waiting for Eureka” )”
Erik Pevernagie

Paula Stokes
“How can something feel so crucial in the moment and then seem completely trivial after the fact?”
Paula Stokes, Girl Against the Universe

John Piper
“Our lives become trivial. And our capacity for magnificent causes and great worship dies.”
John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God

John le Carré
“He knew then what it was that Liz had given him; the thing that he would have to go back and find if ever he got home to England; it was the caring about little things - the faith in ordinary life; the simplicity that made you break up a bit of bread into a paper bag, walk down to the beach and throw it to the gulls. It was this respect for triviality which he had never been allowed to possess; whether it was bread of the seagulls or love”
John le Carré, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Aldo Leopold
“In our attempt to make conservation easy, we have made it trivial.”
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

Anne Carson
“Friends disappear
or they are powerless.
This is what misfortune means
an acid test of friendship.
I wouldn't wish it on anyone.”
Anne Carson, Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides

Og Mandino
“Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”
Og Mandino

Wilkie Collins
“Through all the ways of our unintelligible world, the trivial and the terrible walk hand in hand together.”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

John Fowles
“Look, Miranda, he said, those twenty long years that lie between you and me. I've more knowledge of life than you, I've lived more and betrayed more and seen more betrayed. At your age one is bursting with ideals. You think that because I can sometimes see what's trivial and what's important in art that I ought to be more virtuous. But I don't want to be virtuous. My charm (if there is any) for you is simply frankness. And experience. Not goodness. I'm not a good man. Perhaps morally I'm younger even than you are. Can you understand that?”
John Fowles, The Collector

“Logic issues in tautologies, mathematics in identities, philosophy in definitions; all trivial, but all part of the vital work of clarifying and organising our thought.”
Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Foundations of Mathematics and Other Logical Essays

Augustus Pitt Rivers
“Tedious as it may appear to some to dwell on the discovery of odds and ends that have, no doubt, been thrown away by the owner as rubbish ... yet it is by the study of such trivial details that Archaeology is mainly dependent for determining the date of earthworks. ... Next to coins fragments of pottery afford the most reliable of all evidence ...”
Augustus Henry Lane Pitt-Rivers

Amaka Imani Nkosazana
“God can take the ordinary and create the extraordinary. Our incredible God has the power to transform your simple life and give you the life of your dreams. Remarkable things happen in your life when you believe.”
Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

Dallas Athent
“Whenever you don't know someone and you overhear their problems they always sound so trivial.”
Cat Agonis

Kamand Kojouri
“I write because the security of your love allows me to develop my craft without concerning myself with trivialities — as if your love could be any more complete. But I write, in the first place,
because of you, my muse. I write for your green eyes to glance at my humble words and for the pleasure of hearing you utter them.”
Kamand Kojouri

L.M. Browning
“Take all those things that would propose to be important, and weigh them upon the scale of your soul. Asking how much each thing actually impacts, not just the moment, but the years ahead. Discard all that is trivial masquerading as significant, and reserve your days for those things that truly matter.”
L.M. Browning, Seasons of Contemplation: A Book of Midnight Meditations

Albert Camus
“In vain a zealous evangelist with a fely hat and flowing tie threads his way through the crowd, crying without cease: 'God is great and good. Come unto Him.' On the contrary, they all make haste toward some trivial objective that seems of more immediate interest than God.”
Albert Camus, The Plague

Bruce Crown
“The car housed a hysterical bumper sticker: Save the Planet, and I permitted a moment of contemplation to truly bask in this thought. Save the planet? What a joke. Save the planet from what? From ourselves? And save it for what? For ourselves? It was a kind of perpetual stupidity in a tug-of-war battle over trivial matters. Only imbeciles see things in black and white: liberal or conservative, yes or no, this or that. Those in power laugh at those people in their morally inverted shades of grey, basking in the labels they've created so the people are easier to control.”
Bruce Crown, Forlorn Passions

Israelmore Ayivor
“Don’t let your phone calls, online chats, and other trivial activities manage you. You have to manage them because they don’t have the dreams to fulfill; you have the dreams.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream

“Tastes like Liquorice - but purple”
Cass van Krah

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Without being an independent individual, without having an independent mind, you become nothing more than a trivial slave or an obscure shadow!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Norhafsah Hamid
“We only have one chance in this life, so don't waste it on trivial people and matters.”
Norhafsah Hamid, Back to Basics

Debasish Mridha
“Be jovial, not trivial.”
Debasish Mridha

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Why a writer writes? This question is trivial! The important question is this: What he writes?”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Stefan Mohamed
“When the towers fell ...” They cast such a shadow, and it stretched out over our lives. We grew up in that shadow. “And it made everything seem so trivial.”
Stefan Mohamed, Stuff

Susan Glaspell
“Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.”
Susan Glaspell, A Jury of Her Peers

G.H. Hardy
“Judged by all practical standards, the value of my mathematical life is nil; and
outside mathematics it is trivial anyhow. I have just one chance of escaping a verdict of
complete triviality, that I may be judged to have created something worth creating. And
that I have created something is undeniable: the question is about its value.

The case for my life, then, or for that of any one else who has been a mathematician in the same sense in which I have been one, is this: that I have added something to knowledge, and helped others to add more; and that these somethings have a value which differs in degree only, and not in kind, from that of the creations of the great mathematicians, or of any of the other artists, great or small, who have left some kind of memorial behind them.”
G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology

Philip Hensher
“The thing I truly object to,” Kitty said, “and I know this sounds trivial and I don’t care if it sounds a bit snobbish, but I don’t care about these awful people and I do care about this. It’s that the whole world now thinks about Hanmouth as being this sort of awful council estate and nothing else, and Hanmouth people like this awful Heidi and Micky people. Absolutely everything you read in the papers is about how they live in Hanmouth and, frankly, they don’t. They live on the Ruskin estate where I’ve never been and I hope never to go anywhere near.”
Philip Hensher, King of the Badgers

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