Pettiness is the tendency of people without large purposes. (George Will, columnist)

Pastor Chuck Swindoll comments, “Petty people are worse than stubborn; they are negative and rigidly inflexible.” We quickly want to avoid people who are small-minded, always finding reasons not to be involved. On the other hand, being around people who are broad-minded and positive is a great encouragement and incentive to move along with them.

Where there is rebellion in a land, there are many petty and contending rulers; But where there is a wise and intelligent leader, peace and order endure. (Proverbs 28:2)