A Quote by George Eliot on happiness, spirituality, thought, and usefulness

Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only. you cannot develop because you are choking thee source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on beauty, glory, mathematics, practicality, and usefulness

Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness. It is also the source of such beauty as may spring from mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on art, creativity, feeling, guidance, inspiration, mathematics, past, simplicity, and usefulness

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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A Quote by Edward O. Sisson on beginning, body, certainty, contentment, education, facts, familiarity, habits, happiness, health, influence, life, mind, pleasure, principles, reason, soul, usefulness, and value

Our likes and dislikes exert a fateful influence upon both our own happiness and our value to others. The ancients recognized this fully, but modern education has long neglected it and is now slowly beginning to rub its eyes and awake to the significance of training the tastes. To like the wrong things may mean the ruin of body and soul, a worthless and wretched life, and all that we may well pray to be delivered from. To like the right things is an indispensable condition to health of body and mind, to contentment and happiness, and to usefulness. Likes and dislikes run powerfully into habits and even affect principles: for when we are fond of a certain pleasure it is hard for us to condemn it, even though our reason bids us do so. It is a too familiar fact that some of the most deadly foes of physical health and vigor are certain tastes, either pathological, like that for intoxicants and narcotics, or excessive, as those of the Giordano or sensualist.

Edward O. Sisson

Source: The Essentials of CharacterDeveloping tastes, The Macmillan Company, 1915

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A Quote by Daniel Willard on business, improvement, interest, investment, knowledge, principles, responsibility, understanding, usefulness, and work

It is well to read up everything within your reach about your business; this not only improves your knowledge, your usefulness and your fitness for more responsible work, but it invests your business with more interest, since you understand its functions, its basic principles, its place in the general scheme of things.

Daniel Willard (1861 - 1942)

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on defense, laws, and usefulness

The harmlessness of the mission performed by law and lawful defense is self-evident; the usefulness is obvious; and the legitimacy cannot be disputed.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on agreement, friendship, mankind, usefulness, and world

Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Charles Horton Cooley on affection, age, children, evil, home, impulses, morality, nature, power, sharing, simplicity, success, tact, understanding, usefulness, and world

Simplicity is a pleasant thing in children, or at any age, but it is not necessarily admirable, nor is affectation altogether a thing of evil. To be normal, to be at home in the world, with a prospect of power, usefulness, or success, the person must have that imaginative insight into other minds that underlies tact and savoir-faire, morality and beneficence. This insight involves sophistication, some understanding and sharing of the clandestine impulses of human nature. A simplicity that is merely the lack of this insight indicates a sort of defect.

Charles Horton Cooley (1864 - 1929)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on books, inconsistency, popularity, time, and usefulness

OLD, adj. In that stage of usefulness which is not inconsistent with general inefficiency, as an "old man". Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste, as an "old" book.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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