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I'm fundamentally a busy person; I spend my time doing useful things and profoundly useless things!
Successive generations of middle-class parents used to foist their own favourite books on their children. But some time in the late Eighties it began to wane - not because children had lost interest in adorable animals but because most of it was available on useful, pacifying video.
I don't seem to be able to learn from experience or anything useful. History doesn't help me. Precedents don't inform my experience.
Our biggest challenge is to eliminate the popular perception that economists don't have anything useful to say.
We actually have a real community of people doing useful things.
The criminal law needs to be improved to meet new forms of crime, but to denounce financial devices which are useful and legitimate because use is made of them for fraud, is ridiculous and unworthy of the age in which we live.
William Graham Sumner
My fundamental philosophy is that you owe it to society to transfer to them any knowledge you have that might be useful.
If people want to believe that our ancestors were riding around on dinosaurs or that the protracted, increasing, and devastating warming of the Earth is just nature doing its thing - I guess I feel I have more useful battles to fight.
Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand what our position is and, conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed.
What celebrities are useful for is bringing attention to the public and making them more aware. They can be unbelievably effective.
Sometimes when you're going fast, your instincts can be very useful.
Everywhere I look, there are ads marking Mother's Day. Mostly they conform to stereotype: flowers, jewelry, perfume. Not a lot of books. Not many computers. Few tools. Little that's useful.
I'm always trying to find brain food and indulge in knowledge that's gonna be useful.
I take it for what it is, and sometimes the criticism is actually useful and constructive and actually informs what I do, but most of the time, it's sort of mindless, or they're receiving something on a different frequency than I was sending it.
Michael Ian Black
Acting has been very useful to me.
When I was CEO, and I'd listen to music, a lot of people listen to music and you get inspiration from it. And a lot of things in hip hop are very instructive for being in business. Particularly, hip hop is a lot about business, and so it was very useful for me in any job.
Every combination of two or more human beings has both a useful aspect and a political aspect.
The destroyer Cork, like the useful hero for whom it is named, will be game to the last.
I think the most useful thing you can do as a writer is to reconstruct real life with all its color, hardship, joy, and intrigue. If you're interested in people, you honor them best, I think, by making the fullest possible picture of them. Your subjects may - and from my experience probably will - protest your portrait of them.
We are wasting our water mostly by putting waste into it. One cubic meter of wastewater can pollute ten cubic meters of water. Discharging wastewater into oceans turns freshwater into the less useful salty stuff, and desalination is expensive.
I'd like to do a television show that is encouraging, useful, and clean, and I'd like to go up against Entertainment Tonight and beat it.
I think journalism is useful training for a writer in the way it takes the preciousness out of the pragmatic side of the craft.
Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.
I am sure that I have been much more useful to society as a medical physicist.
France, after the month of May, will share trust with the current leadership of the United States which, on many subjects, has tended to take useful positions in our view.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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