Desire for security keeps littleness little and threatens the great with smallness.
No sadder proof can be given by man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. - Thomas Carlyle
When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own intersts.
...greatness sympathises with greatness, and littleness shrinks into itself. - William Hazlitt
He has been called a mediocre man; but this is unwarranted flattery. He was a politician of monumental littleness. - Richard M. Nixon
Every poet... finds himself born in the midst of prose. He has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal. - Thomas Carlyle
With the magnificence of eternity before us, let time, with all its fluctuations, dwindle into its own littleness. - Thomas Chalmers