""Small things affect light minds" was the sentiment of a great master of the passion of love"

Title of a 1644 edition of Ovid's
Public DomainTitle of a 1644 edition of Ovid's "Ars amatoira" - Credit: Frankfurt: Kempffer 1644
The Ars amatoria (The Art of Love) is an instructional love elegy in three books by the Roman poet Ovid (see page 29 bookmark).  Fielding quotes Ovid’s phrase, parva leves capiunt animos, which translates as small things affect light minds, or light minds are taken with little things.