Human griefs seem little worth assuaging; human happiness too paltry (at the best) to be worth increasing.
So was Merrill Cooms who told us his investment was paltry compared to getting, as he called him, "that monster Cummings."
To a new generation they seemed paltry, earthly and fantastic, and far-seeing men had good reason to regard them as a source of political danger.
When Lord John Russell brought forward his Ecclesiastical Titles Bill, Bright opposed it as "a little, paltry, miserable measure," and foretold its failure.
When a river partakes of the nature of a torrent, dwindling to a paltry stream at one season and swelling into an enormous flood at another, it is impossible to construct a system of irrigation canals without very costly engineering works, sluices, dams, waste-weirs, &c., so as to give the engineer entire control of the water.
The duke of Bedford and Lord Lauderdale made some remarks in parliament upon this paltry reward to a man who, in conducting a great trial on the public behalf, had worked harder for nearly ten years than any minister in any cabinet of the reign.
But they were guerillas, not regulars; they had no good officers, no serviceable artillery, and very little money; and all the foreign powers to whom Rakoczy turned for assistance (excepting France, who fed them occasionally with paltry subsidies) would not commit themselves to a formal alliance with rebels who were defeated in every pitched battle they fought.
There, a man by the name of Roy Raymond decided that he had had it with trying to purchase lingerie at women's department stores; the embarrassment was excruciating, and the sales help, paltry.
Moreover, the diet neglected to pay for the maintenance even of this paltry 2000, with the result that they mutinied and compelled their leader to retreat through the heart of Muscovy to Smolensk.
True to his conception of independent intellectual activity, he abstained from a legal career, refused important ecclesiastical office, and contented himself with paltry benefices which implied no spiritual or administrative duties, because he was resolved to follow the one purpose of his lifeself-culture.
paltry salaries or they would all join the armed resistance.
paltry sum of £ 16,000 a year is beyond belief.
Although investment is at record levels, it is still pretty paltry.
Unfortunately, a very paltry amount of time was given to that amendment, as so often happens in another place.
These infinitesimal distinctions between man and man are too paltry for an Omnipotent Being.
Fines for successful prosecutions are often paltry, but have been as high £ 101,000.
paltry by comparison.
paltry figure of 0.7 miles well into the shade.
paltry fee of £ 75,000.
paltry return for your thirty notes, there's the small matter of the high-score table to consider.
O f course, there's still the Crown regalia, which even today seem paltry compared to the regalia of other countries.
Getting nowhere, the workers offered the ministry a simple choice: increase their paltry salaries or they would all join the armed resistance.
With the more usual 61-note soundboard, the range would only be a paltry three octaves.
his tribe of paltry, rapacious and embarrassing Corsicans; his admirably subservient generals; his selfish ministers, docile agents, apprehensive of the future, who for fourteen long years felt a prognostication of defeat and discounted the inevitable catastrophe.
The old record was a paltry 16 minutes and 32 seconds set by a Swiss diver.
With 10 seats on every flight costing a paltry $10 each, Skybus definitely offers the cheapest tickets available from any American airline.
While this might seem paltry to many, with eight children expected to "perform" on national television, the amount of money spent can add up quickly.
The fact that a family of five plus a pilot is a fairly paltry population to launch a new colony, never mind the inbreeding factor, is never addressed.
Sweden's reward for the exertions and sacrifices of eighteen years was meagre, almost paltry.
By contrast, Coates flogged his 49- strong chain of high street bookies in 2005 for a paltry?40m.
From the picturesque ancient mansion ruthlessly demolished 1800 to give a site to Gillespies paltry Hospital.
measly wages for paltry pleasures.
outlast the rest to gain a seat in the NLH event for a paltry $ 230.
Suddenly your MA or MSc seems rather paltry as you contemplate the competition you're up against in getting a job.
This may look a long period for so paltry a world.
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