usefulness

A Quote by Wendell Berry on values, waste, usefulness, nothing, exist, country, natural resources, metamorphosis, bounty, land, junk, garbage, silt, poison, economy, farm, home, loyalty, devotion, humans, unborn, disinvestment, unemployed, homeland, sour

But when nothing is valued for what it is, everything is destined to be wasted. Once the values of things refer only to their future usefulness, then an infinite withdrawal of value from the living present has begun. Nothing (and nobody) can then exist that is not theoretically replaceable by something (or somebody) more valuable. The country that we (or some of us) had thought to make our home becomes instead 'a nation rich in natural resources'; the good bounty of the land begins its mechanical metamorphosis into junk, garbage, silt, poison, and other forms of 'waste.' "The inevitable result of such an economy is that no farm or any other usable property can safely be regarded by anyone as a home, no home is ultimately worthy of our loyalty, nothing is ultimately worth doing, and no place or task or person is worth a lifetime's devotion. 'Waste,' in such an economy, must eventually include several categories of humans--the unborn, the old, 'disinvested' farmers, the unemployed, the 'unemployable.' Indeed, once our homeland, our source, is regarded as a resource, we are all sliding downward toward the ashheap or the dump.

Wendell Berry (1934 -)

Source: Home Economics, 1995

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on purpose, life, happiness, honor, compassion, meaning, usefulness, and service

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Contributed by: dragonfly813

A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on usefulness, creation, craft, and emptiness

I've said before that every craftsman
searches for what's not there
to practice his craft.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Craftsmenship and Emptiness

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by unknown on direction, men, and usefulness

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.

unknown

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Orville Douglas on achievement, change, facts, ideas, laws, security, and usefulness

The search for static security-in the law and elsewhere-is misguided. The fact is . . . security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have outlived their usefulness and adapting to current facts.

William Orville Douglas (1898 - 1980)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William A. Foster on accidents, achievement, choice, direction, effort, execution, experience, idealism, intelligence, intention, necessity, quality, satisfaction, sincerity, and usefulness

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship. Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved.

William A. Foster

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on children, destruction, prosperity, and usefulness

To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Message to Congress, December 3, 1907

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Lewis Thomas on affection, goals, language, life, music, nature, and usefulness

We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language. . . . We have affection. We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a "common goal" of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: The Medusa and the Snail (1979)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jeremy Taylor on bravery, communication, friendship, love, men, men and women, truth, usefulness, and women

By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds which brave men and women are capable.

Jeremy Taylor (1613 - 67)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Greta K. Nagel on imperfection and usefulness

Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can still drink from a chipped cup.

Greta K. Nagel

Source: Mark and Barbara Hall Collection.

Contributed by: Zaady

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