" I am not conscious," says he, " of having ever bought a book from a motive of ostentation; every volume, before it was deposited on the shelf, was either read or sufficiently examined "; he also mentions that he soon adopted the tolerating maxim of the elder Pliny, that no book is ever so bad as to be absolutely good for nothing.
His manual skill was duly appreciated: "I was a thousand times tempted," he said long afterwards, "to tear up my drawings in disgust at the esteem in which they were held, as if I had been good for nothing better."
In one scene, the photographer lashes out at his guest, accusing him of being a lazy good-for-nothing.
good-for-nothing fellow, he had his merits.
good-for-nothing slackers in all my life!
good-for-nothing teachers, Are rid of you & me!
good-for-nothing men they had ended up with?
In fact I've never seen such a slovenly bunch of good-for-nothing slackers in all my life!
Are not tares a hindrance, sharing the strength of the soil with the good seed, while they themselves are good for nothing?
If I were not naturally a lazy, idle, good-for-nothing vagabond, I could make it pay me $ 20,000 a year.
* (2) "It is all very well for that good-for-nothing fellow of whom you have made a friend, but not for you, not for you."
"You shameless good-for-nothing!" said she.
But he's a good-for-nothing lad!
What are you staring at, you good-for-nothing?...
"Oh, but he was a regular good-for-nothing," said Tikhon.
The other wife had already finished while the good-for-nothing was still struggling with the singed feathers.
Some of these lines are good for nothing more than a laugh, while others just might catch someone's attention enough to give you an opening.
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