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Utility Quotes

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John Steinbeck
“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”
John Steinbeck

Victor Hugo
“The beautiful is as useful as the useful." He added after a moment’s silence, "Perhaps more so.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

N.K. Jemisin
“Being useful to others is not the same thing as being equal.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Obelisk Gate

Umberto Eco
“The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Oscar Wilde
“We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

John Stuart Mill
“The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest-Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain, and the privation of pleasure.”
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

Theodore Dalrymple
“[T]he scale of a man's evil is not entirely to be measured by its practical consequences. Men commit evil within the scope available to them.”
Theodore Dalrymple, Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

“The ability to extract maximum value from resources while creating minimum waste is a profitable skill to have.”
Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, The Wealth Reference Guide: An American Classic

Ayn Rand
“She watched the tunnels as they flowed past: bare walls of concrete, a net of pipes and wires, a web of rails that went off into black holes where green and red lights hung as distant drops of color. There was nothing else to dilute it, so that one could admire naked purpose and the ingenuity that had achieved it.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

William H. Gass
“It is not a single cowardice that drives us into fiction's fantasies. We often fear that literature is a game we can't afford to play — the product of idleness and immoral ease. In the grip of that feeling it isn't life we pursue, but the point and purpose of life — its facility, its use.”
William H. Gass, Fiction and the Figures of Life

“Where utility ends and decoration begins is perfection.”
Jack Gardner, Words Are Not Things

“In this new age where data is so abundant, our task as a civilization now is effective beneficial utilization. The challenge now is doing good things with that data - things that make our lives and the lives of future generations of people more fulfilling and more joyful and more prosperous.”
Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr

Paul Valéry
“A simple statement is bound to be untrue. One that is not simple cannot be utilized.”
Paul Valéry, Analects.

Francis Bacon
“Knowledge is power. The real test of knowledge is not whether it is true but whether it empowers us. Scientists usually assume that no theory is 100% correct. Truth, consequently, is a poor test for knowledge. The real test is utility. A theory that enables us to do new things constitutes knowledge.”
Francis Bacon, Neues Organon, Volume 1...

“Though designing the house in which modern rational choice/utility/decision theory would inhabit, it is not clear that Ramsey would have chosen to reside there himself. For one thing, while he provided a logic of decision, he did not think that all human action and decision should be crammed into the strictures of rational choice theory, as many economists and social scientists today seem to assume. In his 1928 work in economics, he would make it clear that choosing to maximize utility is a moral decision, one which puts utility before justice and equality.”
Cheryl Misak, Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers

Michael   Lewis
“Regret was the ham in the back of the deli that caused people to switch from turkey to roast beef.”
Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Steven Magee
“I refuse to be intimidated.”
Steven Magee

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“There is not necessarily a correlation between how much time or effort a thing demands and how important or useful it is.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“#Money should be equal to utility , not demand. The #utility is the factor that reduces the inflation of money and the #demand increases the inflation. The real name of utility is #wisdom see 911.bg. - - Petar Nikolov 1598.911.bg”
Petar Nikolov

Virendra Dafane
“Don’t live a life based on utility. My value/salary or profit was X today, and I want X+Y next year. Live life to become more aware and to become more lively and to become happier.”
Virendra Dafane

Steven Magee
“You should be wary of workers that are committed to the toxic agenda of their company.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“I will remember the Obama administration for deploying a known biologically toxic utility smart meter radio frequency transmitter system onto USA homes and workplaces.”
Steven Magee

John Stuart Mill
“The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

John Stuart Mill
“A utilitarian who believes in the perfect goodness and wisdom of God, necessarily believes that whatever God has thought fit to reveal on the subject of morals, must fulfil the requirements of utility in a supreme degree.”
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

Friedrich Nietzsche
Vanity and ambition as education. - So long as a man has not yet become an instrument of general human utility let him be plagued by ambition; if that goal has been attained, however, if he is working with the necessity of a machine for the good of all, then let him be visited by vanity; it will humanize him and make him more sociable, endurable and indulgent in small things, now that ambition (to render him useful) has finished roughhewing him.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

“As is often noted, and only partially in jest, economists seek to explain why people choose to commit suicide, while sociologists explain why they have no such choice. On suicide, the sociologists have been rather more successful than the economists. For their part, economists have proposed a “rational” theory of suicide that posits that people kill themselves in order to “maximize utility.”
Anne Case, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Epictetus
“We don't need the victim's entrails for their own sake, only for the sake of the signs they convey. And we don't worship the crow or the raven -- we worship God who communicates by means of them.”
Epictetus

Steven Magee
“I regard President Obama’s deployment of known biologically toxic smart utility meters onto USA homes as a crime against humanity.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“In 2021 we learned that Texas had the electrical power grid of a third world country.”
Steven Magee

Vikrmn: CA Vikram Verma
“Outer happiness has Diminishing Marginal Utility; the more it grows, the satisfaction decreases. Resort to inner happiness.”
Vikrmn: CA Vikram Verma, Debit Credit of Life: from the good books of accounts

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