|Seeks painted trifles and fantastic toys,|
And eagerly pursues imaginary joys.
AkensideThe Virtuoso. St. 10.
| This is a gimcrack|
That can get nothing but new fashions on you.
Beaumont and FletcherOlder Brother. Act III. Sc. 3.
|Little drops of water, little grains of sand|
Make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.
Julia Fletcher CarneyLittle Things.
|Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,|
Help to make earth happy, like the heaven above.
Changed by later compilers to make this earth an Eden.
Julia Fletcher CarneyLittle Things.
| He that contemneth small things shall fall by little and little.|
Ecclesiasticus. XIX. 1.
| He that despiseth small things will perish by little and little.|
|Small things are best:|
Grief and unrest
To rank and wealth are given;
But little things
On little wings
Bear little souls to Heaven.
Rev. F. W. FaberWritten in a Little Ladys Little Album.
|Das kleinste Haar wirft seinen Schatten.|
The smallest hair throws its shadow.
GoetheSprüche in Prosa. III.
|These little things are great to little man.|
GoldsmithThe Traveller. L. 42.
Policy of pin pricks.
L. M. de la HayeVicomte de Cormenin. Des coups dépée
Mais pas de coups dépingle. A stroke of the sword
but not a pin prick. DaudetTartarin de Tarascon. Part of title of Ch. XI. Phrase at end of chapter. Jaime à réver, mais ne veux pas / Quà coups dépingle on me réveille. I love to dream, but do not wish / To have a pin prick rouse me. As used by Jacques DelilleLa Conversation, earlier than Daudet. Ce ne sont jamais les coups dépingle qui décident de la fortune des États. It is never the pin pricks which decide the fortune of states. De VergennesLetter to DAngiviller. Aug. 11, 1777.
| Hæ nugæ seria ducent|
These trifles will lead to serious mischief.
HoraceArs Poetica. 451.
| For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.|
Isaiah. XXVIII. 10.
| A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation.|
Isaiah. LX. 22.
|Atque utinam his potius nugis tota illa dedisset|
Would to heaven he had given up to trifles like these all the time which he devoted to cruelty.
JuvenalSatires. IV. 150.
| Ex parvis sæpe magnarum momenta rerum pendent.|
Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.
LilyAnnales. XXVII. 9.
| The soft droppes of raine perce the hard Marble, many strokes overthrow the tallest Oke.|
LylyEuphues. Arbers reprint. P. 81. (1579).
|They made light of it.|
Matthew. XXII. 5.
| It was possible to live under the regulations established by Sir George [Cockburn], but now we are tortured to death by pin-point wounds.|
Napoleon according to Lady MalcolmDiary of St. Helena.
| For the maintenance of peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks which forerun cannon-shots.|
Napoleon to the Czar Alexander. At Tilsit, June 22, 1807.
|De multis grandis acervus erit.|
Out of many things a great heap will be formed.
OvidRemedia Amoris. 424.
| Peu de chose nous console, parceque peu de chose nous afflige.|
A little thing comforts us because a little thing afflicts us.
PascalPensées. VI. 25.
|At every trifle scorn to take offence;|
That always shows great pride or little sense.
PopeEssay on Criticism. L. 386.
|What dire offence from amorous causes springs,|
What mighty contests rise from trivial things.
PopeRape of the Lock. Canto I. L. 1.
|And many strokes, though with a little axe,|
Hew down and fell the hardest-timberd oak.
Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 54.
|Trifles, light as air.|
Othello. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 322.
|Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles,|
And waste the time, which looks for other revels.
Pericles. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 92.
|A snapper-up of unconsidered trifles.|
A Winters Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 26.
|A trifle makes a dream, a trifle breaks.|
TennysonSea Dreams. L. 140.
|Magno iam conatu magnas nugas.|
By great efforts obtain great trifles.
TerenceHeauton timorumenos. IV. 1. 8.
|Think nought a trifle, though it small appear;|
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire VI. L. 205.
|For who hath despised the day of small things?|
Zechariah. IV. 10.