Useful Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old useful quotes, useful sayings, and useful proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Be as useful as a tree! Give life to others; be shelter to everyone; grant fruits to all! Be good like a tree!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

It's useful that there should be Gods, so let's believe there are.     

Ovid

Sometimes the best way to be useful is to get out of somebody's way.     

Ashleigh Brilliant

Being a useful man has always seemed to me to be something truly hideous.     

Charles Baudelaire

Can anything that is useful be accomplished without change?     

Marcus Aurelius

The most useful truths are always universal, and unconnected with accidents and customs.     

Samuel Johnson

The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.     

W. Somerset Maugham

To be constant is to be useful. To be useful is to realize one's true nature. Realization of one's true nature is happiness. When one reaches happiness, one is close to perfection.     

Zhuang Zhou

The most useful man in the most useful world, so long as only commodity was served, would remain unsatisfied. But, as fast as he sees beauty, life acquires a very high value.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's useful to think of the imagination as an aspect of the body because it seems to have processes of its own that are obscure to us.     

Margo Lanagan

The highest good and solely useful is liberal education.     

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It's more useful to have someone fear you than respect you.     

J. Cornell Michel

It's a practical matter. If you're useful to others, you'll be hired.     

Thomas Newman

The useful may be trusted to further itself, for many produce it and no one can do without it; but the beautiful must be specially encouraged, for few can present it, while yet all have need of it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But that which is useful is the better.     

Marcus Aurelius

Only the rational and useful is beautiful.     

Yevgeny Zamyatin

There is no useful thing which may not be turned to an injurious purpose.     

Ovid

Nothing is more useful to man that those arts which have no utility.     

Ovid

It is always useful to think badly about people one has exploited or plans to exploit.     

James W. Loewen

It is sometimes useful to pretend we are deceived, because when we show a deceiving man that we see through his artifices, we only encourage him to increase his deceptions.     

Madeleine de Souvre

One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is often simply inertia with a candy coating of conformity.     

Anna Quindlen

The most useful thing about art is it's uselessness.     

Tom Robbins

Make yourself useful, not just on a day to day basis, but as a lifetime thing.     

Julia Stiles

'Useful,' and 'necessity' was always 'the tyrant's plea'.     

C. S. Lewis

When it is useful to them, men can believe a theory of which they know nothing more than its name.     

Vilfredo Pareto

Be useful where thou livest.     

George Herbert

Nothing is more useful than the useless.     

Roger Scruton

Its useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one.     

Terry Pratchett

The most useful is the greatest.     

Theodore Parker

Take what's useful, discard what is not.     

Bruce Lee