„If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live“

—  Lin Yutang

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chinesischer Schriftsteller 1895 - 1976

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„On the whole, the enjoyment of leisure is something which decidedly costs less than the enjoyment of luxury. All it requires is an artistic temperament which is bent on seeking a perfectly useless afternoon spent in a perfectly useless manner.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 153. Often quoted as: "If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."

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„I feel that destiny is a mixture of preparation and luck. You can be very lucky, but it is useless if you're not prepared. You can be prepared, but it is useless if you're not lucky.“

—  Luis Miguel Puerto Rican singer; music producer 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aipyRne6dso
Interview in Mexico, 1995

Mitch Albom Foto

„This is life. Things get taken away. You will learn to start over many times -- or you will be useless.“

—  Mitch Albom, buch The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Quelle: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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Pablo Picasso Foto

„[Speaking of computers] But they are useless. They can only give you answers.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

As discussed in this entry from Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/11/05/computers-useless/#more-2932, the origin seems to be the article "Pablo Picasso: A Composite Interview" by William Fifield which appeared in The Paris Review 32, Summer-Fall 1964, and collected a number of interviews Fifield had done with Picasso.
Common later variant: "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." This variant seems to have arisen in the 1980s, the earliest known appearance in a book is Herman Feshbach, "Reflections on the Microprocessor Revolution: A Physicist's Viewpoint", in Man and Technology (1983), ed. Bruce M. Adkins, where the attribution is described as "rumoured". http://books.google.com/books?id=9EohAQAAIAAJ&q=Picasso
1960s

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Horace Bushnell Foto

„Live as with God; and, whatever be your calling, pray for the gift that will perfectly qualify you in it.“

—  Horace Bushnell American theologian 1802 - 1876

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 124.

„A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.“

—  Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983

The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified

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„Lord, let me not live to be useless!“

—  John Wesley Christian theologian 1703 - 1791

Journal (22 December 1763)
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Aleister Crowley Foto

„The Way of Mastery is to break all the rules—but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise you are not in a position to transcend them.“

—  Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947

Quelle: Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on The Book of the Law

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Samuel Johnson Foto

„To a poet nothing can be useless.“

—  Samuel Johnson, buch The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

Quelle: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759), Chapter 10

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„A warrior must learn to be available and unavailable at the precise turn of the read. It is useless for a warrior to be unwittingly available at all times, as it is useless for him to hide when everybody knows that he is hiding.“

—  Carlos Castaneda, buch The Wheel of Time

Quelle: The Wheel of Time: Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts About Life, Death and the Universe], (1998), Quotations from "Journey to Ixtlan" (Chapter 8)

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„God grant that I may never live to be useless!“

—  John Wesley Christian theologian 1703 - 1791

Quelle: How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer

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