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Arthur SchopenhauerFor everyday life, genius is as useful as a giant telescope in the theater.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThe man was such an intellectual he was of almost no use.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Wolfgang GoetheA useless life is an early death.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Eugene IonescoIf one does not understand the usefulness of the useless and the uselessness of the useful, one cannot understand art.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Georges ClemenceauThere are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is the President of the Republic.

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Fernando PessoaWhy is art beautiful? Because it's useless. Why is life ugly? Because it's all ends and purposes and intentions.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Stanislaw Jerzy LecWhen smashing monuments, save the pedestals – they always come in handy.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Charles BaudelaireBeing a useful man always seemed to me something very hideous.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

William JamesThe great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Charles DarwinI have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist










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