• WordNet 3.6
    • n worthlessness having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
    • n worthlessness the quality of being without practical use
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n worthlessness The state or character of being worthless.
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.”
  • William Goldman
    William Goldman
    “As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless -- and absolutely essential.”
  • Socrates
    “Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.”


In literature:

So the tears, the pallor, the heroism, the daring rescue, were for the sake of that worthless dog.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
Unfortunately, most are worthless, drunken fellows.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The single varieties were looked upon as worthless.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Supposing that when our soldiers and sailors were armed with worthless bayonets and useless cutlasses, a war had broken out.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 13, 1887" by Various
Mr. Lamotte's only daughter has eloped during his absence, with a very worthless man.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Without that, this may be a grand success; without this, that is next to worthless.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
An old name given to the worthless men picked up by crimps, and sent on board as A.B.'s.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Much of it was supposed to be worthless and uninhabitable.
"Problems of Expansion" by Whitelaw Reid
Given the men a People choose, the People itself, in its exact worth and worthlessness, is given.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
I was looking on, living in fancy the worthless days and hours.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham

In poetry:

How worthless seem the gaudy dreams
That play'd around my fever'd slumbers !
How dim the star of Hope, whose beams
Would flash athwart my joyous numbers !
"Glances Back" by Laura Sophia Temple
Thus hath it pleased Thee to make plain
The truth to us, poor fools and vain,
That this world's honor, wealth and might
Are naught and worthless in Thy sight.
"From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" by Martin Luther
And, while opening flowers in such beauty spread,
And ripening fruits so gracefully swing,
Say not, O King, as you just now said,
That beauty or grace is a worthless thing.
"For The Album of Miss Caroline C---" by John Pierpont
It must be so—O, this miser heart
That will not let away
The beings we love from this worthless earth
To rise in the blush of a better birth,
In the light of a better day.
"The Night Is Calm" by Alexander Anderson
O gifted lady! from mine island strand
I gaze far sea-ward, wave the beckoning hand.
Thou comest—Oh, welcome guest!—and worthless, I
Shall meet thee—not on earth; our goal's the sky.
"Lines Addressed To Mrs. H. B. Stowe" by Janet Hamilton
How wild is the theme that remembrance pours,
How worthless the visions she spreads to thy view ;
Thou fool ! to still linger o'er time-faded hours,
And turn from the joys that are glitt'ring and new.
""When lately I mus'd on the days that are fled"" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

Is it worthless to amend a worthless state Constitution.
Last week, company officials warned that shares of the alternative energy company that received millions in state subsidies could in fact be worthless.
Feelings of worthlessness can be symptoms of depression .
Ideas are worthless until you execute them.
Feelings of worthlessness can be symptoms of depression.
"My life would be worthless without music ," a girl says in the film's trailer.
The notion that a college degree is essentially worthless has become one of the year's most fashionable ideas, with two prominent venture capitalists (Cornell '89 and Stanford '89, by the way) leading the charge.
Associated Press US citizenship is priceless to some, worthless to others.
Yup, I had a serious case of the "poor me's", those down-in-the-dumps, pitiful, worthless feelings of failure and scarcity.
Aberdeen store's antique doll nowhere near worthless .
For the worthless co-worker who has everything.
Whole era is worthless .
A single life isn't worthless or worth less.
Over-the-Counter Bedbug Remedies Are Worthless .
Wildcats weak but not worthless .

In science:

Is the H -test then worthless, or worse yet, misleading? No.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
From the remaining group, a quota excluded to yield exactly 200 from each state (168 in Oregon, 129 in Washington) – no bias if this last exclusion was random (if it was not random, then the entire survey and its analysis are worthless).
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
The power of the scientific method is in the way it links theory with experimental observation; either one of these alone is worthless.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Sophie reads the new paper and quickly realizes that it is worthless.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Think, for instance, that an overnight breakthrough in mathematics could make electronic money instantaneously worthless.
Quantum Cryptography