Futility Quotes

Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile. -Bertrand Russell

 

Futility has become a great subject, full of opportunities.- Mason Cooley

 

The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. -Jean Baudrillard

 

First, is the danger of futility; the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills - against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. -Robert F Kennedy

 

Where there is a persistent sense of futility, there is violence.- William Orville Douglas

 

We have been expecting this legal move but it?s an exercise in futility."-Raul Lambino

 

There's really no words. You can say it was an exercise in futility out there today."-Doug Brown

 

The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.Carl Sagan

 

So, it becomes an exercise in futility if you write something that does not express the film as the director wishes. It`s still their ball game. It`s their show. I think any successful composer learns how to dance around the director`s impulses.- Danny Elfman

 

I feel they`ve understood in Europe. In America, it`s like talking about a different movie.Fundamentally, Jarhead disobeys all the laws of American movies, and not just the political laws of American movies right now which demand on some level to tell us which side they`re on. In Europe, there`s a sense this film comes from the tradition of absurdist war movies about the futility of conflict.- Sam Mendes

 

Regarding the different reactions of Europeans and Americans to his film, "Jarhead" (2005): "I feel they`ve understood in Europe. In America, it`s like talking about a different movie. Fundamentally, Jarhead disobeys all the laws of American movies, and not just the political laws of American movies right now which demand on some level to tell us which side they`re on. In Europe, there`s a sense this film comes from the tradition of absurdist war movies about the futility of conflict. It has more in common with Beckett, Sartre and Banuel than it does with Oliver Stone. In America, they assumed I was trying to make an Oliver Stone movie and that I`d failed."- Sam Mendes

 

It would be wrong for me to say, `Yes, we can change the world with a song.` But every time I try writing, that`s where I`m at. I`m not stupid. I`m aware of the futility of rock & roll music, but I`m also aware of its power.- Bono

 

Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established.- George Carlin

 

The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility.- Abby Smith

 

Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.- Alderman Dana McLendon

 

There`s really no words. You can say it was an exercise in futility out there today.- Antoine Smith

 

Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop-offs at tedium and counter productivity.- Erma Bombeck

 

Criticising the other fellow because he's in and you are not seems to me a futile waste of time.Hartley William Shawcross

 

Death, only, renders hope futile.-Edgar Rice Burroghs

 

Every year the State will be the dog that chases its own tail... engaging in a futile attempt to close a perpetual budget gap.-Richard J. Codey

 

Happiness, I do not know where to turn to discover you on earth, in the air or the sky; yet I know you exist and are no futile dream.-Rosalia de Castro

 

I like to watch mankind in its futile attempt to understand the unknown, when they don't even understand that which they know.-Terrence Howard

 

I started studying what the nature of a monument is and what a monument should be. And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile, almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.-Maya Lin

 

If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home, how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve worldly conflicts with force?-Letty Cottin Pogrebin

 

It didn't matter what we did or where we did it as long as we were together. We knew we'd found what most people either pursue in years of futile search or dismiss as a fantasy at the outset: the missing half of ourselves. The real thing.-John Perry Barlow

 

It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment because you have an environment around you all the time. Any living organism has an environment.-Carl Andre

 

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.-Eric Hoffer

 

It is futile to talk too much about the past... like trying to make birth control retroactive.-Charles Erwin Wilson

 

It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer.-Blaise Pascal

 

It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes, skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to suppress their specifically female characteristics and abilities by keeping up the pretense that there are no differences between the sexes.-Arianna Huffington

 

Of all fatiguing, futile, empty trades, the worst, I suppose, is writing about writing.-Hilaire Belloc

 

Our material eye cannot see that a stupid chauvinism is driving us from one noisy, destructive, futile agitation to another.-Anne Sullivan Macy

 

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.-Tony Blair

 

Television is a golden goose that lays scrambled eggs; and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar. Anyway, more people like scrambled eggs than caviar.-Lee Loevinger

 

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.-Albert Camus

 

The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.-Alan Watts