Quotation Explorer - 'Usefulness'

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
[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
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 usefulness of a man or woman of God relies on the ability to remain distinct. - Kevin Thoman
My son, observe the postage stamp! Its usefulness depends upon its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there. - Josh Billings
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
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
Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. - Josh Billings
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
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. - Theodore Roosevelt
Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. - Josh Billings
Transform your desire into love, and limits start to lose their usefulness. - Eric Micha'el Leventhal
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
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
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