Useless quotes

  • Jealousy is a useless, time-wasting emotion that's eating me alive.
    -- A. J. Jacobs

    #Alive #Useless #Emotion

  • The main thing is to be satisfied with your work yourself. It's useless to have an audience happy if you are not happy.
    -- Aaron Copland

    #Useless #Not Happy #Satisfied

  • Psychotherapy, unlike castor oil, which will work no matter how you get it down, is useless when forced on an uncooperative patient.
    -- Abigail Van Buren

    #Oil #Useless #Matter

  • O loving woman, man's fulfillment, sweet, Completing him not otherwise complete! How void and useless the sad remnant left Were he of her, his nobler part, bereft.
    -- Abraham Coles

    #Sweet #Women #Useless

  • Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.
    -- Abu Bakr

    #Useless #Action #Martial Arts

  • The word "souvenir" has, of course, slightly extended itself in meaning until it now denotes almost anything either breakable or useless; but even today, ninety per cent of the items covered by the word are forgettable objects in which cigarettes can be left to go stale.
    -- Alan Coren

    #Useless #Today #Cigarette

  • Then he said in his most excellent Mick impression, "Your powers are useless against Ninja Lords, O great zombie hunter! Surrender or feel the sting of the shuriken!
    -- Alan Goldsher

    #Zombie #Hunters #Useless

  • One grows out of pity when it's useless.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Useless #Pity #Grows

  • Considered now as a possession, one may define culture as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge that has been well and truly forgotten.
    -- Albert J. Nock

    #Culture #Useless #Body

  • Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory to a force of sound and disinterested public opinion.
    -- Albert J. Nock

    #Useless #Sound #Public Opinion

  • There is only one reason for an individual to side-step to the useless side : the fear of a defeat on the useful side.
    -- Alfred Adler

    #Useless #Sides #Steps

  • Education with inert ideas is not only useless; it is above all things harmful.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Education #Ideas #Useless

  • Stories are the only thing that I can be bothered with. Its the only way that I can do anything, even if Im quite useless. Its the only area in being human where I could be a little useful.
    -- Alice Englert

    #Stories #Useless #Littles

  • We do not deceive ourselves that we are engaging in an activity that is anything but debilitating, dangerous, euphoric, kinesthetic, expensive, frivolously essential, economically useless and totally without redeeming social significance. One should not probe for deeper meanings.
    -- Allen Steck

    #Essentials #Useless #Deceiving

  • Molecular gastronomy is not bad... but without sound, basic culinary technique, it is useless.
    -- Alton Brown

    #Technique #Sound #Useless

  • It is useless to dabble in beauty. One must be utterly devoted to beauty, with every nerve of the body.
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Beauty #Nerves #Useless

  • She say guilt is a useless emotion." "Oh, please," says Nancy. "Guilt is what separates humans from animals.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Animal #Guilt #Useless

  • I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life - though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.
    -- Anne Stevenson

    #Believe #Order #Useless

  • Useless pursuits and conversations always about the same things absorb the better part of one's time, the better part of one's strength, and in the end there is left a life grovelling and curtailed, worthless and trivial, and there is no escaping or getting away from it—just as though one were in a madhouse or prison.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Escaping #Useless #Prison

  • If we're picking people to draw out of their own conscience and experience a 'new' Constitution, we should not look principally for good lawyers. We should look to people who agree with us. When we are in that mode, you realize we have rendered the Constitution useless.
    -- Antonin Scalia

    #People #Useless #Looks

  • Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield, Nature's, not honour's law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away.
    -- Archilochus

    #Law #Safety #Useless

  • Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting.
    -- Arthur Brisbane

    #Positive #Regret #Useless

  • Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; and yet God in his wisdom has made them a part of oaks. And in so doing he has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Wise #Light #Useless

  • Men would never be superstitious, if they could govern all their circumstances by set rules, or if they were always favoured by fortune: but being frequently driven into straits where rules are useless, and being often kept fluctuating pitiably between hope and fear by the uncertainty of fortune's greedily coveted favours, they are consequently for the most part, very prone to credulity.
    -- Baruch Spinoza

    #Men #Religion #Useless

  • Planning is valuable, tho the plan is usually useless.
    -- Ben Horowitz

    #Useless #Planning #Valuable

  • There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Knowledge #Useless #Pleasure

  • It will be found, as men grow more tolerant in their instincts, that many uniformities now insisted upon are useless and even harmful.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Men #Useless #Instinct

  • In terms of adaptability, humans are pretty amazingly useless.
    -- Bill Bryson

    #Useless #Adaptability #Term

  • Never act like you want it, darlin'. Act like you wouldn't own it if they paid you. Tell them it's dirty, broken...a useless thing. Then make an offer.
    -- Billie Letts

    #Dirty #Broken #Useless

  • Il est non seulement impossible, mais inutile de conna|"tre Dieu sans Je  sus-Christ. It is not only impossible, but also useless to recognize God without Jesus.
    -- Blaise Pascal

    #Jesus #Useless #Impossible

  • It is useless to try to stir the dirt Out of the muddy water, As it will become murkier. But leave it alone, And if it should be cleared; It will become clear by itself.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Water #Trying #Useless

  • The primary aim, object, and purpose of consciousness is control. Consciousness in a mere automaton is a useless and unnecessary epiphenomenon.
    -- C. Lloyd Morgan

    #Purpose #Useless #Consciousness

  • Both the young and the old are almost completely useless in our modern society, and are made keenly aware of that uselessness. They have no place. They are private, isolated - and hopeless.
    -- Carl Rogers

    #Life #Useless #Hopeless

  • Vowing, even intense vowing, is often useless. The next day comes and the next day goes. What works is making a vivid, concrete plan.
    -- Carol S. Dweck

    #Growth #Useless #Vivid

  • You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you'll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.
    -- Caroline Myss

    #Inspirational #Useless #Tomorrow

  • I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
    -- Charles Baudelaire

    #Beauty #Monsters #Useless

  • If we are understood, more words are unnecessary; if we are not likely to be understood, they are useless.
    -- Charles II of England

    #Useless #Unnecessary #Understood

  • If notwithstanding, a Rebellion of the same Kind now afflicts this Country, we should not infer that this Institution is useless, or should be laid aside; but just the Reverse.
    -- Charles Inglis

    #Country #Uprising #Useless

  • It is only the constant exertion and working of our sensitive, intellectual, moral, and physical machinery that keeps us from rusting, and so becoming useless.
    -- Charles Simmons

    #Intellectual #Intelligence #Useless

  • Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind. We are useless.
    -- Charles Spurgeon

    #Wind #Useless #Ships

  • Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.
    -- Cher

    #School #Boys #Useless

  • Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.
    -- Chuck Palahniuk

    #Feel Better #Games #Useless

  • You have to give up! you have to give up! You have to realize that someday you will die, Until you know that, you are useless!
    -- Chuck Palahniuk

    #Giving Up #Useless #Realizing

  • Don't, to gain general and useless attention, sacrifice the attention that you want
    -- Claude C. Hopkins

    #Sacrifice #Attention #Useless

  • Thee are such horrible weapons. And so no sane leader would ever want to cross that line to using nuclear weapons. And, if you are not going to cross that line, then these things are basically useless.
    -- Colin Powell

    #Leader #Nuclear #Useless

  • Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous.
    -- Confucius

    #Practice #Essentials #Useless

  • The deep root of failure in our lives is to think, 'Oh how useless and powerless I am.' It is essential to think strongly and forcefully, 'I can do it,' without boasting or fretting.
    -- Dalai Lama

    #Thinking #Roots #Useless

  • Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
    -- Dan Inosanto

    #Add #Research #Useless

  • Openness without strength is useless; strength without openness is oppression.
    -- Daniele Bolelli

    #Useless #Oppression #Openness

  • People feel powerless and useless in the world. But they can buy something. It can give them a sense of value, of power
    -- Daphne Zuniga

    #People #Giving #Useless

  • It would be hard to conceive of any activity more useless than stamp collecting.
    -- Dave Barry

    #Would Be #Useless #Stamp Collecting

  • The League of Nations is the greatest humbug in history. They cannot even protect a little nation like Armenia. They do nothing but pass useless resolutions.
    -- David Lloyd George

    #League #Armenia #Useless

  • Being locked up is one thing, but to have no concept of confinement, to be ignorant of its terms and never understand that struggle is useless - that's what hell must be like.
    -- David Sedaris

    #Struggle #Ignorant #Useless

  • Hope could be the most powerful thing or the most useless.
    -- Deb Caletti

    #Powerful #Useless #Most Powerful

  • You were supposed to have hope, right? You were supposed to respect its power and hold on. And so I did. I held, and held, and let hope fill me. But as the days went on, it seemed I could be holding for a long, long time. Hope could be the most powerful thing or the most useless
    -- Deb Caletti

    #Powerful #Long #Useless

  • For those who do not wish to step away from consensus, the creative is useless at best; at worst, it is dangerous.
    -- Deena Metzger

    #Creative #Wish #Useless

  • Pose your questions to people and you will get countless useless answers.
    -- Dejan Stojanovic

    #People #Answers #Useless

  • Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly.
    -- Democritus

    #Men #Giving #Useless

  • If your religion doesn't teach you the difference between good and evil, your religion is worse than useless.
    -- Dennis Prager

    #Differences #Evil #Useless

  • Websites are kind of useless. There's so much great web content and design out there, but the ways in which they are being experienced are not being maximized.
    -- Dhani Harrison

    #Design #Useless #Way

  • Accusations are useless.
    -- Dominique de Villepin

    #Useless #Accusation

  • Because like all ***** you value propriety. You are creature of capitalism, the ethics of which are so totally corrupt and hypocritical that your beauty is no more than the beauty of gold, which is to say false and cold and useless.
    -- E. L. Doctorow

    #Gold #Useless #Ethics

  • It is useless to contend with the irresistible power of Time, which goes on continually creating by a process of constant destruction.
    -- E. T. A. Hoffmann

    #Creating #Goes On #Useless

  • Why is old considered useless? Because in old age, the emphasis shifts from doing to Being, and our civilization, which is lost in doing, knows nothing of Being. It asks: Being? What do you do with it?
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Civilization #Age #Useless

  • Fundamentals that you read about are typically useless as the market has already discounted the price, and I call them “funny-mentals”. However, if you catch on early, before others believe, you might have valuable “surprise-a-mentals”.
    -- Ed Seykota

    #Believe #Useless #Might

  • Without courage, all other virtues are useless.
    -- Edward Abbey

    #Useless #Virtue

  • Where error is irreparable, repentance is useless.
    -- Edward Gibbon

    #Errors #Useless #Repentance

  • When ours are interrupted, his are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable).
    -- Elisabeth Elliot

    #Moving #Years #Useless

  • What one seems to want in art, in experiencing it, is the same thing that is necessary for its creation, a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration.
    -- Elizabeth Bishop

    #Art #Self #Useless

  • As I thought about that, I had to wonder: What will we know better about tomorrow? Who cares? Hindsight is useless.
    -- Ellen Hopkins

    #Who Cares #Useless #Tomorrow

  • I have enough trouble with useful information, never mind being burdened with what is useless.
    -- Erlend Loe

    #Mind #Useless #Information

  • I love you and I always will and I am sorry. What a useless word.
    -- Ernest Hemingway

    #Sorry #Love You #Useless

  • The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.
    -- Esther Williams

    #Athlete #Useless #Share

  • If one does not understand the usefulness of the useless and the uselessness of the useful, one cannot understand art.
    -- Eugene Ionesco

    #Art #Doe #Useless

  • For it may safely be said, not that the habit of ready and correct observation will by itself make us useful nurses, but that without it we shall be useless with all our devotion.
    -- Florence Nightingale

    #Nurse #Useless #May

  • I wondered a little why God was such a useless thing. It seemed a waste of time to have him. After that he became less and less, until he was... nothingness.
    -- Frances Farmer

    #Atheism #Useless #Littles

  • it is not that religion is merely useless, it is mischievous. It is mischievous by its idle terrors; it is mischievous by its false morality; it is mischievous by its hypocrisy; by its fanaticism; by its dogmatism; by its threats; by its hopes; by its promises.
    -- Frances Wright

    #Hypocrisy #Promise #Useless

  • Only useless things are indispensable.
    -- Francis Picabia

    #Useless #Indispensable #Uselessness

  • Art must be unaesthetic in the extreme, useless and impossible to justify.
    -- Francis Picabia

    #Art #Useless #Impossible

  • For now. But if I ever decide you're useless, you are a dead man." To be killed by you is to be desired more than a life excluded from your service." Bravo." Her Imperial Viciousness laughed with genuine feeling. "Bra-vo!
    -- Frank Beddor

    #Men #Feelings #Useless

  • Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma.
    -- Frank Herbert

    #Experts #Useless #Chaos

  • Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.
    -- Friedrich Engels

    #Order #People #Useless

  • She asks why I like her. Might as well ask Why I breathe. Maybe tomorrow I won't Breathe or like her Anymore. Maybe tomorrow the tides Will stop. Maybe tomorrow will bring No more rainbows. Maybe tomorrow She will stop Asking useless questions.
    -- Gail Carson Levine

    #Rainbow #Asking #Useless

  • Without forgiveness, metaphysics are useless.
    -- Gary Renard

    #Useless #Metaphysics

  • It is useless to send armies against ideas.
    -- Georg Brandes

    #Army #Ideas #Useless

  • We get a deal o' useless things about us, only because we've got the money to spend.
    -- George Eliot

    #Useless #Consumerism #Deals

  • Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
    -- George S. Patton

    #Courage #Army #Useless

  • Music is essentially useless, as life is; but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
    -- George Santayana

    #Music #Useless #Life Is

  • Music is essentially useless, as is life.
    -- George Santayana

    #Music #Musician #Useless

  • The history of science should not be an instrument to defend any kind of social or philosophic theory; it should be used only for its own purpose, to illustrate impartially the working of reason against unreason, the gradual unfolding of truth, in all its forms, whether pleasant or unpleasant, useful of useless, welcome or unwelcome.
    -- George Sarton

    #Purpose #Useless #Welcome

  • To me, it appears no unjust simile to compare the affairs of this great Continent to the mechanism of a clock, each state representing some one or other of the smaller parts of it which they are endeavoring to put in fine order without considering how useless & unavailing their labor is unless the great Wheel or Spring which is to set the whole in motion is also well attended to & kept in good order.
    -- George Washington

    #Spring #Order #Useless

  • There are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is Poincaré.
    -- Georges Clemenceau

    #Two #Useless #World

  • It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless.
    -- Giacomo Casanova

    #Confidence #Self #Useless

  • Once a kata has been learned, it must be practised repeatedly until it can be applied in an emergency, for knowledge of just the sequence of a kata in karate is useless.
    -- Gichin Funakoshi

    #Useless #Emergencies #Karate

  • I'm just as insufferable and useless as every other dad is. The dynamic never changes, no matter what you do for a living.
    -- Glenn Frey

    #Dad #Useless #Matter

  • Power unused is power useless.
    -- Gloria Feldt


  • If I'm exhausted, physically and particularly emotionally, I can't tell what's good and I can't tell what's bad and I'm useless.
    -- Guy Pearce

    #Useless #Exhausted

  • I never yet heard of a useless thing that was not ground out of existence by evolution sooner or later. Did you? And pain gets needless.
    -- H. G. Wells

    #Pain #Useless #Evolution

  • Do not be tempted to invest in a sample of each golfing invention as soon as it makes its appearance. If you do, you will only complicate and spoil your game - and encumber your locker with useless rubbish.
    -- Harry Vardon

    #Golf #Games #Useless

  • Ideas without action are useless.
    -- Helen Keller

    #Ideas #Useless #Action