"It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office."
"I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my first novel. I knew how to research an article or profile a subject - skills that I assumed would be useless when it came to fiction. It was from my imagination that the characters in my story would emerge."
"The monarchy is foremost a business, and it's important to them that the British public continue to finance the excessive luxurious lifestyles of the now quite enormous, wasteful and useless 'royal' family. I find it very sad."
"Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable."
"A useless life is an early death."
"It's useless to try and make rhyme or reason of it, because one guy thinks one thing and the other guy sees a whole other thing. So I try not to take them too seriously. Lately I have them screened so I only read the positive ones."
"Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change."
"Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise."
"Considered now as a possession, one may define culture as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge that has been well and truly forgotten."
"I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes."