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  • From every scrap you make a blanket.

  • Tools have their own integrity ...

  • All tools inevitably planned, / Stout friends, with pledge / Of service; with their crotchets too / That masters understand ...

  • Not until we have learned to be useful can we afford to do what we like.

  • ... one act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.

  • A woman needs only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the tape.

    • Phyllis Winter,
    • in Adair Lara, "Weigh the Cat -- and Other Life Lessons," San Francisco Chronicle ()
  • You know, maybe that's all anybody wants, is to be useful. And have somebody else notice it.

  • He was about as useful in a crisis as a sheep.