One does not have to be a philosopher to be a successful artist, but he does have to be an artist to be a successful philosopher. His nature is to view the world in an unpredictable albeit useful light.
Just as the bird needs wings to fly, a leader needs useful information to flow. Leaders learn.
I'd rather strive for the kind of interview where instead of me asking to introduce myself to society, society asks me to introduce myself to society.
When you lose something you misused is when you realize how important it was to you
There is not necessarily a correlation between how much time or effort a thing demands and how important or useful it is.
If you want to be useful, don't waste time on that which is useless.
If the farmer is rich, then so is the nation.
To a farmer dirt is not a waste, it is wealth.
Speaking one day to Monsieur de Buffon, on the present ardor of chemical inquiry, he affected to consider chemistry but as cookery, and to place the toils of the laboratory on the footing with those of the kitchen. I think it, on the contrary, among the most useful of sciences, and big with future discoveries for the utility and safety of the human race.
You have heard of the new chemical nomenclature endeavored to be introduced by Lavoisier, Fourcroy, &c. Other chemists of this country, of equal note, reject it, and prove in my opinion that it is premature, insufficient and false. These latter are joined by the British chemists; and upon the whole, I think the new nomenclature will be rejected, after doing more harm than good. There are some good publications in it, which must be translated into the ordinary chemical language before they will be useful.
More than 99.99% of facts are not and will never be useful to even a single person.
What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.
The Soviet Union was a very useful ally in the defeat of Nazi Germany.
The idea of copyright did not exist in ancient times, when authors frequently copied other authors at length in works of non-fiction. This practice was useful, and is the only way many authors' works have survived even in part.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
You're about as useful as a one-legged man at an arse kicking contest.
Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions.
I don't think that experience is a very useful or convincing attribute for a sensible foreign policy. Henry Kissinger had a lot of experience.
Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support, but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work for which they are fitted.