- " What pettifoggery are you raking up now? - "Caught in a Trap", John C. Hutcheson.
- What a pity he should be tied down to paltry pettifoggery!" - "The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier", Edgar Beecher Bronson.
- It was with pettifoggery and intrigues that Greek liberty ended. - "The Ego and His Own", Max Stirner.