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A belief is not true because it is useful. - Henri Frederic Amiel


I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honourable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all. - Leo C. Rosten


When you can't do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing. - Lois McMaster Bujold


Unless what we do is useful, our glory is vain. [La., Nisi utile est quod facimus, stulta est gloria] - Phaedrus


How, then, find the courage for action? By slipping a little into unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct which holds one to the earth and dictates the relatively good and useful. By accepting the human condition more simply, and candidly, by dreading troubles less, calculating less, hoping more. - Henri Frederic Amiel


How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? - Vincent Van Gogh


Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. - Sir Francis Bacon


Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers. - Henri Frederic Amiel


Conjecture as to things useful, is good; but conjecture as to what it would be useless to know, is very idle. - Samuel Johnson