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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
Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
I've found men are less likely to let petty things annoy them.
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
I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty.
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.
We're often ashamed of asking for so much help because it seems selfish or petty or narcissistic, but I think, if there's a God - and I believe there is - that God is there to help. That's what God's job is.
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.
In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
Emile M. Cioran
A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.
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 so grand as that of an ever-present God, in whom all that is vital in humanity breathes and grows?
There are successful scholars, public-spirited scholars, upright scholars, cautious scholars, and those who are merely petty men.
If I would go up on a high note, Eddie would want a low one. That's how petty the situation had become.
We're not going to pay attention to the silliness and the petty comments. And quite frankly, women have joined me in this effort, and so it's not about appearances. It's about effectiveness.
Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.
Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?
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.
The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.
We should not have a petty regard for God's gifts, though we may and should despise our own imperfections.
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.
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.
Petty things don't bother me as much as they used to.
I did not resign from politics because of Bofors. I resigned because I do not know how to play petty politics. I did not know back then and I don't know now either.
Girls, to me, growing up were very, very petty and didn't want me to succeed and didn't want the best for me.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
Alexander the Great
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