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I'm looking for a shorter and more condensed version of the phrases "the world is bigger than you" or "this is greater than yourself/oneself." Something that keeps intact the message of becoming humble and learning that there's something larger than you and me.

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    How much shorter do you want it? It's already stripped of all but the essential components of that thought.
    – Robusto
    Nov 24, 2022 at 5:44
  • How about the Chinese idiom The frog in the well?
    – user405662
    Nov 24, 2022 at 5:53
  • I want it to be short enough to be used as a name for something. Nov 24, 2022 at 7:10
  • Pale Blue Dot.
    – ermanen
    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:46
  • I suspect that "we are but a grain of sand” and "we shall return to dust" are too long and perhaps places too much focus on our mortality. By the way, what is this something? A product, a book title, a poem? Naming things is off topic here because there cannot be a "right" answer.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 24, 2022 at 12:42

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Actually you are spoilt for choice. A few to name

Drop in an ocean (or 'a drop', 'drops', 'a drop in a thunderstorm' etc.)(would snowflake work? I don't know)

FARLEX

A tiny amount, especially when compared to a much larger one.

Building block (MW)

: a unit of construction or composition especially : something essential on which a larger entity is based

Small is beautiful (FARLEX)

The belief, perspective, or mindset that things of a smaller scale are more aesthetically pleasing than those of a larger scale.

Single words that can be used

Element (Wiktionary) would also fit the bill, as in part of the whole.

Iota (Wiktionary) A jot; a very small, insignificant quantity.

Pixel (Wiktionary) One of the tiny dots that make up the representation of an image in a computer's memory.

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  • 'Building block' and 'Small is beautiful' I like.
    – Wolfim
    Nov 30, 2022 at 11:33

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