Triviality Quotes

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Friedrich Nietzsche
“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Erik Pevernagie
“When love is roaming in our mind, looping in the deepest fringes of our heart, undreamt spaciousness emerges, repealing the constraints of triviality and letting stifling narrowness fade away. While our mindset is besieged by a revolving burst of emotion, our world is ultimately opening up. (Cape of good hope)”
Erik Pevernagie

Erik Pevernagie
“If we don’t counter the onslaught of the insidious triviality of transgression in our daily environment and if we gradually lose grip on the pervading taint of apathy and disrespect, we need irrevocably restructure our thinking and adjust the mechanism of our action. Taking everything for granted and accepting anything uncontested, might generate disjunction, arouse extreme heartbreak and, finally, turn our living into a scourge. ("Even if the world goes down, my mobile will save me" turn into )”
Erik Pevernagie

Theodor W. Adorno
“Triviality is evil - triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.”
Theodor W. Adorno, Metaphysics: Concept and Problems

“Because, as we all know, it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.”
John Cleese

Alexander Pope
“What dire offence from am'rous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things,...”
Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Criss Jami
“The problem is politics is made a sport, almost as much a sport as football or baseball. When it comes to politics, adults and politicians do more finger-pointing and play more games than children ever do. Too often are we rooting for the pride of a team rather than the good of the nation.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Michelangelo Buonarroti
“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Vera Nazarian
“Science is an organized pursuit of triviality.

Art is a casual pursuit of significance.

Let's keep it in perspective.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Alain de Botton
“What a peculiar civilisation this was: inordinately rich, yet inclined to accrue its wealth through the sale of some astonishingly small and only distantly meaningful things, a civilisation torn and unable sensibly to adjudicate between the worthwhile ends to which money might be put and the often morally trivial and destructive mechanisms of its generation.”
Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Henry David Thoreau
“I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things.”

M.B. Dallocchio
“To my surprise, it was a place where my thoughts were the most lucid. I wasn’t bogged down in random trivial details or the luxury of time-consuming over-analysis. This place forced you to live because at any moment, life could be lost. Ramadi forced me to die unto myself.”
M.B. Wilmot, Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism

George Sheehan
“Running keeps me at a physical peak and sharpens my senses. It makes me touch and see and hear as if for the first time. Through it I get through the first barrier to true emotions, the lack of integration with the body. Into it I escape from the pettiness and triviality of everyday life. And, once inside,stop the daily pendulum perpetually oscillating between distraction and boredom...It is the swing from boredom to anxiety, from depression to worry, that exhausts and defeats us. The sure knowledge that we can be much more than we are frustrates us.”
George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience

“Don’t live your life not to know what to do with your time. If you don’t have any results to show for all your passing time, then you must have been trivializing time and you must have been living your life carelessly.”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

“I know so much pressure is on all of us to waste time and to just trivialize it. There is so much pressure on us to try to overcome boredom by spending time on frivolities.”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

Stephen King
“I decided it didn't matter a fuck in a rabbit hutch.”
Stephen King, Everything's Eventual

James Baldwin
“You must understand that your pain is trivial except insofar as you can use it to connect with other people’s pain; and insofar as you can do that with your pain, you can be released from it, and then hopefully it works the other way around too; insofar as I can tell you what it is to suffer, perhaps I can help you to suffer less.”
James Baldwin, The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings

Osamu Dazai
“Now I have neither happiness nor unhappiness. Everything passes. That is the one and only thing I have thought resembled a truth in the society of human beings where I have dwelled up to now as in a burning hell. Everything passes.”
Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

John le Carré
“Percebeu então o que Liz lhe tinha dado, aquilo que teria de procurar readquirir se alguma vez regressasse a Inglaterra: era o interesse pelas pequenas coisas, a fé na vida comum, a simplicidade que fazia a pessoa esfarelar um pedaço de pão para dentro de uma saco de papel, ir até à praia e dá-lo às gaivotas. Era este respeito pelas coisas triviais que a ele nunca lhe fora permitido possuir;”
John le Carré, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Charles Bukowski
“How come you walk so funny?"

"I was frying some chicken in the pan and the grease exploded, it burned my legs."

"I thought maybe you had war wounds."

"No, the chicken did it.”
Charles Bukowski, Factotum

C.S. Lewis
“The last moments before damnation are not often so dramatic. Often the man knows with perfect clarity that some still possible action of his own will could yet save him. But he cannot make this knowledge real to himself. Some tiny habitual sensuality, some resentment too trivial to waste on a blue bottle, the indulgence of some fatal lethargy, seems to him at that moment more important than the choice between total joy and total destruction. With eyes wide open, seeing that the endless terror is just about to begin and yet (for the moment) unable to feel terrified, he watches passively, not moving a finger for his own rescue, while the last links with joy and reason are severed, and drowsily sees the trap close upon his soul.”
C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

Holly Black
“Legends need not concern themselves with something as small as happiness.”
Holly Black, The Wicked King