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It is a lucky thing that newspaper reporters do not attend these meetings. If they did, they would see how little our activities are related to the real needs of society. Leonard Eugene Dickson
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
Knowledge is that which benefits, not that which is memorized ash-Shaafiee
The greater part of the members of animals were generated by chance... What, then, hinders but that the parts in Nature may also thus arise from necessity? For instance, that the teeth should arise from necessity, the front teeth sharp and adapted to divide the food, the molars broad and adapted to breaking the food into pieces. It may be said that they were not made for this purpose, but that this purposive arrangement came about by chance; and the same reasoning is applied to other parts of the body in which subsistence for some purpose is apparent. And it is argued that where all things happened as if they were made for some purpose, being aptly united by chance, these were preserved, but such as were not aptly made, these were lost and still perish. Empedocles of Acragas
A belief is not true because it is useful. Henri Frederic Amiel
It is conceivable that religion may be morally useful without being intellectually sustainable. John Stuart Mill
The institution of a bank has also a natural relation to the regulation of trade between the States, in so far as it is conducive to the creation of a convenient medium of exchange between them, and to the keeping up a full circulation, by preventing the frequent displacement of the metals in reciprocal remittances Money is the very hinge on which commerce turns. And this does not merely mean gold and silver; many other things have served the purpose, with different degrees of utility. Paper has been extensively employed. Alexander Hamilton
Whether an instrument shall be regarded as productive capital or not depends entirely on its being used, or not, by some productive labourer… Thomas Hodgskin
The dysfunction of African-Americans is directly related to the fact that African-Americans as a racial group are no longer needed to bolster the economy as they were in slavery days. Warren H. Stewart Sr.
We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity. Marie Curie
We often despise that which is most useful to us. Aesop
There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky
This above all makes history useful and desirable: it unfolds before our eyes a glorious record of exemplary actions. Livy
The Knowledge of Nature tends to enlarge the human Mind, and give us more noble, more grand, and exalted Ideas of the Author of Nature, and if well pursu'd, seldom fails producing something useful to Man. Ebenezer Kinnersley
There is much evidence that people are not rational, in the economist’s sense; nor do they take into account expectation, in the precise interpretation of that word. As a result, economic theory often does not correspond with what happens in the market. Some would argue that we need descriptive economics. I would argue that all should be taught about probability, utility, and MEU (maximization of expected utility) and act accordingly. Dennis Lindley
... erred in relying so much on the rectitude and utility of their measures as to have neglected the cultivation of popular favor by fair and justifiable expedients. Alexander Hamilton
Love people, not things; use things, not people. Spencer W. Kimball
Many instructional arrangements seem "contrived," but there is nothing wrong with that. It is the teacher's function to contrive conditions under which students learn. Their relevance to a future usefulness need not be obvious. It is a difficult assignment. The conditions the teacher arranges must be powerful enough to compete with those under which the student tends to behave in distracting ways. B. F. Skinner
We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity. Marie Curie
It must be for truth's sake, and not for the sake of its usefulness to humanity, that the scientific man studies Nature. Louis Agassiz
One of the very most useful of all inventions, but rendered almost worthless & a cold & deliberate theft & swindle by the black scoundrelism & selfishness of the companies of chartered robbers who conduct it. Mark Twain
What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern: the distinctive faculty. In the minds of men the useful has succeeded to the beautiful. Benjamin Disraeli
To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss Pol Pot
In reality there are two, and only two, foundations of law; and they are both of them conditions without which nothing can give it any force: I mean equity and utility. Edmund Burke
This new form of communication could have some utility. Guglielmo Marconi
Every institution goes through three stages — utility, privilege, and abuse. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
The deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.. J. Robert Oppenheimer
If generations past could get things so badly wrong, then we are forever vulnerable as well, and the moral utility of history may well lie in its capacity to remind ourselves that we qre always at risk of falling short in the unendng search to perfect the union. Jon Meacham
Learning how to print the lens in layers was not trivial. But once we managed to optimize our materials for each color and understand how to design our layers, getting the focal points of each layer to align properly was the easy part. We can now use what we have learned about optimization to control other optical elements. Yehiam Prior
God Bless Theoretical Mathematics And May It Never Be Of Use To Anyone Brown University