Quotation Explorer - 'Useful'

My son, observe the postage stamp! Its usefulness depends upon its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there. - Josh Billings
Nowadays, nobody can teach you a useful thing about life, since models are outdated one moment after. - Marino Baccarini
The trouble with a baby, for writists, is that they take away your useful melancholy, even the energy to invent some. - D.A. Botta
ANXIETY i will transform you into something useful and productive. I will not bow down to you. ~THE END - Jaeda DeWalt
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation. - Bertrand Russell
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. - Theodore Roosevelt
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment. - Seneca
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. - Sir Francis Bacon
Knowing that an asteroid is going to hit the earth is not really useful if you are not planning to launch missiles to knock it out of the sky. You have to work massively overtime on the belief that innovation or massive change is going to happen.' Tom Martin, former VP of marketing - Heather Simmons
Innovation gives life to imagination by providing that it is true, real, and useful. - Debasish Mridha
Academic pedigree alone is no guarantor of useful knowledge and wisdom. - Robert Samuelson
The question is precisely to know whether the past has ceased to exist, or ceased to be useful... - Henri Bergson
[Jane] Austen was not a novelist for nothing: she knew that our stories are what make us human, and that listening to someone else's stories -- entering into their feelings, validating their experiences -- is the highest way of acknowledging their humanity, the sweetest form of usefulness. - William Deresiewicz
Your traits are not good or bad. What you do or don't do with them is what determines the result. Give your traits a useful role. Recognize and utilize all parts that make up you. Love and empower yourself as you are. - Akiroq Brost
The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all. - Leo Rosten
Quotes ain’t all that useful. Fact is, there’s more concise ways to express what you’re feelin’, like screams and moans. - M.C. Humphreys
...a science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in the destribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life.
Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. - Josh Billings
If newspapers are useful in overthrowing tyrants, it is only to establish a tyranny of their own. - James Fenimore Cooper
A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment. - Walter Lippmann
Endings to be useful must be inconclusive. - Samuel R. Delany
[Medicine is] a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Politics are not a science based on logic; they are the capacity of always choosing at each instant, in constantly changing situations, the least harmful, the most useful. - Otto von Bismarck
Awareness about lack of knowledge is the most useful knowledge. - Debasish Mridha
After all one break is good idea, some useful stuff should be done. Then the hard work should come it in the new hands! - Deyth Banger
The women’s entire education should be planned in relation to men. To please men, to be useful to them, to win their love and respect, to raise them as children, care for them as adults… these are women’s duties in all ages and these are what they should be taught from childhood. - Jacques Rousseau
One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world. Sentiment is a disgrace, instead of an ornament, unless it lead us to good actions. - Ann Radcliffe
Of all the purposes of education, I think the most useful is this: It prepares you to keep yourself entertained. It gives you a better chance of an interesting job. - Roger Ebert
How long will it be necessary to pay City men so entirely out of proportion to what other servants of society commonly receive for performing social services not less useful or difficult? - John Maynard Keynes
If anything normal were useful it would have been done already. That's why my motto is "Dare to Differ." Who know's what you'll find ? - Matthew Goldfinger
Teaching a man how to clean barnacles from a keel is an amazing useful talent, one any child should be fortunate to learn. Magochiro is our champion barnaclebully at present. String him under a keel, and he will bring back dinner enough for ten. - Michelle Franklin
What can you expect from a stupid government? Anything good? Anything useful, anything clever? Anything just? No! You can expect nothing but stupidity, nothing but mistakes, nothing but injustices and tragedies! All a stupid government can do is to produce wrecks and debris! - Mehmet Murat ildan
If you wish to enjoy a position, find ways of being useful, hard working and cooperative with the people whose favour has given you the position - Radhe Maa
I have always consoled myself that he such as I who is not a genius, can still achieve much that is useful when he does his work right and chooses his work to suit his talents. - Johann Rudolf Wolf
In an age of sophistic over-complexity, simplicity can be useful. - William Krystol
Always think of what is useful and not what is beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord. - Nikolai Gogol
Reaching the top of a high mountain is just a personal victory. But for a victory to be important for the society, it has to be useful for the humanity! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The usefulness of a man or woman of God relies on the ability to remain distinct. - Kevin Thoman
You are the salt of the earth. But remember that salt is useful when in association, but useless in isolation. - Israelmore Ayivor
There was something built into the human brain by natural selection which was once useful, and which now manifests itself as religion. - Richard Dawkins
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. - George Bernard Shaw
Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful - Stephen King
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own. - Bruce Lee
A clean pond is more useful than a dirty ocean. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Laws are always useful to those who possess and vexatious to those who have nothing. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. - Alfonso X of Castile
To someone seeking power, the poorest man is the most useful. - Sallust
Don't feel bad if your youth cannot be joyful, but at least make it useful. - Amit Kalantri
If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment ... all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Sadness is one of the best universities in life! Though bad things take good things from us, they do give us useful things as well! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The very term ‘public utility’ is an absurd one. Every good is useful ‘to the public,’ and almost every good may be considered ‘necessary.’ Any designation of a few industries as ‘public utilities’ is completely arbitrary and unjustified. - Murray N. Rothbard
You may have learned from your mother or any other hunted woman. Smiling at devils is a useful learned thing. Swallowing discomfort down in spades. Holding it tight in your belly. Ageing on the inside only. Keeping it forever sexy. - Yrsa Daley-Ward
Knowledge to have any value must be useful. - Marty Rubin
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. - Aristotle
It's always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don't.
It won't be covered in the book. The source code has to be useful for something, after all... :-)
Regardless of one’s age, acquiring new knowledge has always been useful. - Eraldo Banovac
Writers say two things that strike me as nonsense. One is that you must follow an absolute schedule everyday. If you're not writing well, why continue it? I just don't think this grinding away is useful. - Edmund White
2 Timothy 3:16 ALL Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. - Bible Verses
One of history’s most useful tasks is to bring home to us how keenly, honestly and painfully, past generations pursued aims that now seem to us wrong or disgraceful. - John Carey
I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day, and as nearly as possible reaching the high water mark of pure and useful living. - Booker T. Washington
We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language. . . . We have affection We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a "common goal" of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music. - Lewis Thomas
I came to the realization that there were certain public issues that were most usefully dealt with within some sort of framework of at least my private beliefs, if not my private life. - Anna Quindlen
Even the most perfect advice cannot be as useful as a staircase or a rope for those who live in the dark wells! - Mehmet Murat ildan
An aspiring politician should know that attacking a man is much easier than attacking his points, but attacking his points is much more useful.
Do not waste time trying to change the world - just look for something that you are useful. - Davi Oliveira
Teachers don't just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world, and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills. - Charles Platt
Instead of one-way interruption, Web marketing is about delivering useful content at just the precise moment that a buyer needs it.Search, a marketing method that didn't exist a decade ago, provides the most efficient and inexpensive way for businesses to find leads. - David Honegger
I cannot live my life striving only for my own security, I can only feel secure when I see myself useful in other people's life. - Nurudeen Ushawu
You are curious and quick, you have a deft mind, and for some unaccountable reason, people tell you things -- useful things. - Deanna Raybourn
Innovation is about practical creativity - it's about making new ideas useful... - Max McKeown
Sometimes it is the methods of learning, more so, than what is learned, that is useful! - Garrett McCoy
One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we’re idling in front of our computer screens. - Joshua Foer
Sunglasses are more useful to a blind man than freedom of speech is to a man who does not think for himself. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. - Samuel Smiles
Nothing is more useful than silence. - Menander
The best year so far as for me when I am a children it's when I finish school and start doing something else which is more useful... Games are useful, aren't they?Facts also, aren't they?... Aren't they? - Deyth Banger
A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. - Unknown
Die young, and I shall accept your death-but not if you have lived without glory, without being useful to your country, without leaving a trace of your existence: for that is not to have lived at all. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Your title is what you are; your visions are who you are. When you know who you are, then you will know where you can be useful most. - Israelmore Ayivor
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Writing is mostly a case of mood management. The emotion you have is not absolute, it is temporary. It may be useful, but it is not the truth. It is not you. - Anne Enright
In a bureaucratic system, useless work drives out useful work. - Milton Friedman
. . .to be useful to no one is, strictly speaking, to be worthless. - Rene Descartes
Josie is a Pye, said Marilla sharply, so she can’t help being disagreeable. I suppose people of that kind serve some useful purpose in society, but I must say I don’t know what it is any more than I know the use of thistles. - L.M. Montgomery
Religion is still useful among the herd - that it helps their orderly conduct as nothing else could. The crude human animal is in-eradicably superstitious, and there is every biological reason why they should be. Take away his Christian god and saints, and he will worship something else... - H.P. Lovecraft
Never mind, just make it fun, nice and useful. - Akbar de Wighar
We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-brought experience. - George Washington
If you did not in your own mind distinguish between useful and erroneous information, then you were not learning at all, you were merely replacing ignorance with false belief, which was no improvement. - Orson Scott Card
The thing about the black market is, it’s racist. White children make useful slaves, too. - M.C. Humphreys
Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor. - Laurence J. Peter
Consider the postage stamp: its usefullness consits in the ability to stick to one thing 'til it gets there. - Josh Billings
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency. - W. Somerset Maugham
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. - C.S. Lewis
Negative experiences repeat as long as they remain useful to you. - Tawny Lara
Criticism talks a good deal of nonsense, but even its nonsense is a useful force. It keeps the question of art before the world, insists upon its importance. - Henry James
Isn't it enough to be middle-aged and impeccably beautiful? Why must one be economically useful? - Pietros Maneos
This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used. - Henry David Thoreau
Use your youth to do something useful or unique or ultimate. - Amit Kalantri
We live in the shadows of perception. Our dull awareness gives us no useful clues as to why we are here. - R.A.Delmonico
You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency. - W. Somerset Maugham
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything is useful which contributes to fix in the principles and practices of virtue. - Thomas Jefferson
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. - Karl Marx
Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful. - Charles Simmons
Now that we have all this useful information, it would be nice to do something with it. (Actually, it can be emotionally fulfilling just to get the information. This is usually only true, however, if you have the social life of a kumquat.)
Young people have limited choices, but they are also useful human resources. - Santosh Kalwar
Novels for me are how I find out what's going on in my own head. And so that's a really useful and indeed critical thing to do when you do as many of these other things as I do. - Cory Doctorow
Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Is it useful to feel fear, because it prepares you for nasty events, or is it useless, because nasty events will occur whether you are frightened or not? - Lemony Snicket
I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence. - Eugene V. Debs
It is not how much money or luxury you avail a child that counts, but how well you nurture and raise the child to become useful, and a more productive individual in the society that matters - Abdulzeez Henry Musa
Make sure you spend time learning how to think and learning how to learn. It’s okay to have fun, but try to cultivate interests that might actually be useful. And whatever you do, if you are going to spend time on it, do it well. - Rohvannyn Shaw
What then am I? In the end, all we have is simply what we find, and what we can usefully say to each other about what we find is all that needs to be said. And perhaps, in the end, it's best just to sit quietly and let go of that thought too. - Murray Shanahan
All we cared about was dividends. Well, we can't do business that way today. We have learned that what's best for the countries we operate in is best for the company. Maybe we can't make the people love us, but we will make ourselves so useful to them that they will want us to stay. - Sam Zemurray
So it is more useful to watch a man in times of peril, and in adversity to discern what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off, reality remains. - Titus Lucretius Carus
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. - Marie Curie
Being useful should be in our blood.If not than we must work hard to own it. - Sonia Bria
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. - John Kenneth Galbraith
Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. - Oscar Wilde
Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters. - Isaac Asimov
It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can --it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence. - Samuel Butler
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. - Oscar Wilde
Lies are like children. If you don't nurture them, they'll never be useful later. - Randy K. Milholland
The usefulness or otherwise of wealth, status and power to a possessor depends only on a single factor: the nature and strength of his reason. - Thiruman Archunan
[Religious belief is] outmoded and ridiculous. [Belief in gods was a] worn out but once useful crutch in mankind's journey towards truth. We consider the time has come for that crutch to be abandoned. - Peter Atkins
To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience. - Saint Teresa Of Avila
Entropy is the normal state of consciousness - a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The value of any education cannot be found in a test score. Education’s value is fully realized only after what is learned becomes useful to the learner. - Leif Kurth
If you fail, let the world knows the reasons of your failure; if you win, let the world knows the secrets of your victory! This is a great way to be useful for others! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The only way to last a really long time is to build something useful enough that people will want to keep it going after you die, and to cultivate a sense of ownership in other people. In short: make good shit and give it away as fast as you can. - Lisa Williams
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Nothing is really beautiful unless it is useless; everything useful is ugly, for it expresses a need, and the needs of man are ignoble and disgusting, like his poor weak nature. The most useful place in a house is the lavatory. - Théophile Gautier
i have a body and I am grateful, as I find it to be a very useful instrument for expressing love, strength, flexibility, gracebut, I am not my body... - Kate Mullane Robertson
In the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, it's often useful to have a nice, solid piece of wood in your hands.
The less approval I get, the more chances I have to develop a relationship with my inner sense of approval. Thankless environments are actually useful for this. They help me discover my own thankfulness and my own self-appreciation. - Vironika Tugaleva
Knowledge in the head and virtue in the heart, time devoted to study or business, instead of show and pleasure, are the way to be useful and consequently happy. - John Adams
Evolution did not design us to believe only true facts, nor to buy only useful products, nor to say only meaningful sentences - Piero Scaruffi
A diligent ant is more useful than a lazy cow. - Matshona Dhliwayo
If you have firm trust in God, the success that comes to you will always be that which is most useful for you whether it appears good or bad in your private judgment. - Francis de Sales
Goodness without knowledge... is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous.... Both united form the noblest character and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind. Many men went a walking and many crippled men, did not. - John Phillips
The beautiful is as useful as the useful. ... perhaps more so. - Victor Hugo
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living - Jules Henri Poincaré
To accept that man has only mind and body but not any soul will be very useful for humanity to build a better future. Accepting truth always gives you a chance to find the solution! - Mehmet Murat ildan
He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. - Josh Billings
To paraphrase Lucretius, there's nothing more useful than to watch a man or woman in times of contagious deadly disease peril combined with his or her assumptions of financial adversity to discern what kind of man or woman they really are. - T.K. Naliaka
Yes, I was fat, but I dealt with it by simply never thinking about it. It is useful, when you are fat, to have a lot of other things to think about. - Roger Ebert
To exploit living labour, capital must destroy dead labour which is still useful. Loving to suck warm young blood, it kills corpses. - Amadeo Bordiga
Transform your desire into love, and limits start to lose their usefulness. - Eric Micha'el Leventhal
Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it. - Richard Feynman
People in science fiction flicks always seemed to know useful things about the places time travel took them. But what if the time traveler had been only an average history student? What then? - Tad Williams
Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds. - Richard Feynman
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. - Tom Stoppard
Denial is a useful defense mechanism until it's not. - Rosalind Kaplan
DICTIONARY, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work. - Ambrose Bierce
A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. - George Bernard Shaw
It was never shameful to learn from any teacher things that are useful to know. - Leon Battista Alberti
Do not become more useful than God. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Melt all the tanks in the world and make them rubbish bins. They will be much more useful for the humanity! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference - Paulo Coelho
The Bible is useful because it opens our eyes, and because it’s highly impractical to walk through life with our eyes closed. - Peter J. Leithart
Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race. - Charles Bradlaugh
A belief is not true because it is useful - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them. - J. Robert Oppenheimer
Since the beginning of physics, symmetry considerations have provided us with an extremely powerful and useful tool in our effort to understand nature. Gradually they have become the backbone of our theoretical formulation of physical laws. - Tsung-Dao Lee
Following a trend is useful, until you start alienating the original. The last thing we want is to live in a world where everything is the same. Originality and individuality is key. - J.S. Strange
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is (merely) to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate. I think it is above all to matter, to count, to stand for something. To have it make some difference that you lived at all. - Leo Rosten
Having a hearing is educational. Having a hearing with television cameras is useful. Having a hearing with two rows of television cameras is Heaven. - Tim Wirth
It turned out keeping reality bound by mathematical laws was a useful hack preventing the Devil from existing. - Scott Alexander
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