100 + Famous  Petty Quotes


The petty quotes that follow can assist you in dealing with unpleasant individuals in your life. Petty individuals take advantage of any opportunity to lash out, no matter how minor. No one likes dealing with petty individuals.

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

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

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 to our ultimate allegiance, not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community. Haile Selassie

Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, that others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. Richard M. Nixon

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. Winston Churchill

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

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

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When you’re a federal agent you don’t get to arrest people for like $5.00 petty crimes or anything like that, they’ll throw you right out of there. Dan Bongino

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

Apartheid – both petty and grand – is 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 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

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

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. Why should you care how much money I make, so long as you are happy? Ben Shapiro

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

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

Savage Petty Quotes

Petty individuals take advantage of any opportunity to lash out, no matter how minor. They are frequently portrayed as immature, impolite, unreasonable, or obstinate. You may come across these folks among your friends, family, or coworkers.

Savage Petty Quotes

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

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

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

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

I’m real petty. I remember everything like an elephant. Israel Adesanya

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

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

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

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

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

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 look so petty. Edgar Mitchell

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

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

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

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

Petty Quotes About Relationships

Read some interesting petty quotes about relationships. It might be tough to defuse their behavior, especially since petty individuals are generally looking for attention. The wisdom in today’s selection of quotations can help you deal with these poisonous people appropriately.


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 as grand as that of an ever-present God, in whom all that is vital in humanity breathes and grows? Lucy Larcom

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

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

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

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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

Clever of me to become a critic. We critics scrutinize and show off to a higher end. For the 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. The second class for life. Margo Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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 pretty to look back and say, ‘Oh, I should have gotten that prize.’ I don’t look at it that way. Aaron Tveit

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

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

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

Petty Quotes for Haters

Petty Quotes for Haters

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

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

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, or entire planets, has no importance in the general development. Alexander Herzen

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

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Let’s make a deal with the Serbs. Neither history nor emotion in the Balkans will permit multinationals. 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

Petty laws breed great crimes. Ouida

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

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

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

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

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

Men are separated by so many petty things. Aaron Huey

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

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

Petty Quotes about Guys

Petty Quotes about Guys

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

People feel very ashamed to admit that they have in-law problems. They think it’s something petty. But it’s not petty at all. It hits deep emotions. Christine Linens

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 over petty things. Manal al-Sharif

My favorite record of all time is Tom Petty’s ‘Wildflowers.’ I hold it as the standard – in terms of sonics, sequencing, and songs. It shows that making a complete record is important, rather than just making a single. Chris Stapleton

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

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

Should there be cameras everywhere on 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

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

Tom Petty sent me this amazing 12-string Rickenbacker, and ‘Not for You’ was the first time I used it. It was like a Christmas present. One day, it just showed up at my door. I called him up and thanked him. Mike McCready

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 wedding date or something. And I don’t relate to any of that. Susanna Fogel

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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

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 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

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

In an interview with a journalist, you look petty taking the pot shot but in a slick ad, you can 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

Petty Quotes for His Ex-Girlfriend

There are several articles, books, and quotations available to assist you in getting over a breakup. But what about items that allow us to show our joy at no longer having to deal with someone who is undeserving of our time? Breakups don’t automatically imply that you’re depressed. Now that we are no longer with our ex, some of us are willing to let every image convey our content-as-hell attitude. Forget about maintaining a calm demeanor. Some sarcastic and nasty comments for your ex can motivate you to achieve even greater heights.


Girlfriend, girlfriend, you could be my girlfriend. You could be my girlfriend until the world ends. Make you dance do a spin and a twirl and voice going crazy on this hook like a whirlwind. Swaggie

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

You are who you hang out with…petty people have petty friends.

Petty people have petty problems.

A good way to break up with your girlfriend is to introduce her as your ex-girlfriend at parties. It softens the blow.

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I had the best day ever, I ran into my ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend…….With my car.

If I had a girlfriend, she would be incredibly offended by me saying, ‘I don’t have a girlfriend, so that’s the proof.

I’m the girl who loves it when you introduce me to your friends as your girlfriend.

How do you know when your girlfriend is putting on too much weight? She starts fitting into your wife’s clothes.

You should never underestimate the power of your girlfriend. She has the can think your fault.

My ex-girlfriend had a really weird fetish. She used to like to dress up as herself and then act like a f*ckin’ bi… all the time.

If your girlfriend goes to Florida for spring break, that’s not your girlfriend anymore.

You should never underestimate the power of your girlfriend. She can make anything your fault.

If he loves you while he has another girlfriend, then he will love another girl when you are his girlfriend.

I’m not saying my ex-girlfriend is a slut I am just saying if everyone’s cock had wings she’d be the airport.