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Albert J. Nock Quotes

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Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory
to a force of sound and disinterested public opinion.
- Albert J. Nock

Diligent as one must be in learning,
one must be as diligent in forgetting;
otherwise the process is one of pedantry,
not culture.
- Albert J. Nock

The business of a scientific school is the dissemination of useful knowledge,
and this is a noble enterprise and indispensable withal;
society can not exist unless it goes on.
- Albert J. Nock

The mind is like the stomach.
It is not how much you put into it that counts,
but how much it digests.
- Albert J. Nock

 

Concerning culture as a process, one would say that
it means learning a great many things and then forgetting them;
and the forgetting is as necessary as the learning.
- Albert J. Nock

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.
- Albert J. Nock

It is unfortunately none too well understood that,
just as the State has no money of its own,
so it has no power of its own.
- Albert J. Nock


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Like Prince von Bismarck in diplomacy,
I have no secrets.
- Albert J. Nock

The position of modern science, as far as an ignorant
man of letters can understand it,
seems not a step in advance of that held by Huxley
and Romanes in the last century.
- Albert J. Nock

As far as I know, I have no pride of opinion.
- Albert J. Nock

The positive testimony of history is that the State
invariably had its origin in conquest and confiscation.
No primitive State known to history originated in any other manner.
- Albert J. Nock

I am said to be difficult of acquaintance,
unwilling to meet any one half way, and showing a social manner which is easy,
not diffident, but formal and unresponsive,
tending constantly to hold people off.
- Albert J. Nock

Learning has always been made much of,
but forgetting has always been deprecated;
therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself
throughout the modern world at the expense of culture.
- Albert J. Nock

The question of who is right and who is wrong has seemed
to me always too small to be worth a moment's thought,
while the question of what is right and what is wrong
has seemed all-important.
- Albert J. Nock

The university's business is the conservation of useless knowledge;
and what the university itself apparently fails to
see is that this enterprise is not only noble but indispensable as well,
that society can not exist unless it goes on.
- Albert J. Nock

Perhaps one reason for the falling-off of belief in
a continuance of conscious existence is to be found
in the quality of life that most of us lead.
There is not much in it with which, in any kind of reason,
one can associate the idea of immortality.
- Albert J. Nock

Life has obliged him to remember so much useful knowledge
that he has lost not only his history,
but his whole original cargo of useless knowledge;
history,
languages, literatures, the higher mathematics,
or what you will - are all gone.
- Albert J. Nock

Assuming that man has a distinct spiritual nature,
a soul, why should it be thought unnatural that under
appropriate conditions of maladjustment,
his soul might die before his body does;
or that his soul might die without his knowing it?
- Albert J. Nock

As might be supposed, my parents were quite poor,
but we somehow never seemed to lack anything we needed,
and I never saw a trace of discontent or a failure
in cheerfulness over their lot in life,
as indeed over anything.
- Albert J. Nock

Organized Christianity has always represented immortality
as a sort of common heritage;
but I never could see why spiritual life should not
be conditioned on the same terms as all life,
i.
e., correspondence with environment.
- Albert J. Nock

Perhaps the prevalence of pedantry may be largely accounted
for by the common error of thinking that,
because useful knowledge should be remembered,
any kind of knowledge that is at all worth learning
should be remembered too.
- Albert J. Nock

Someone asked me years ago if it were true that I disliked Jews,
and I replied that it was certainly true,
not at all because they are Jews but because they are folks,
and I don't like folks.
- Albert J. Nock

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Ability without honor is useless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In preparing for battle I have always found that
plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love,
drunk, or running for office.
- Shirley MacLaine

Computers are useless.
They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso

Just because something doesn't do what you planned
it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
- Thomas A. Edison

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep,
and there comes a time when it is wrong,
as well as useless, to resist.
- Stewart Alsop

It is useless for us to attempt to reason a man
out of a thing he has never been reasoned into.
- Jonathan Swift

And to say that society ought to be governed by the
opinion of the wisest and best,
though true, is useless.
Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best?
- Thomas Babington

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism,
while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
- William Ralph Inge

It is only necessary to have courage,
for strength without self-confidence is useless.
- Giacomo Casanova

Let who will boast their courage in the field,
I find but little safety from my shield,
Nature's, not honour's law we must obey:
This made me cast my useless shield away.
- Archilochus

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
- Bertrand Russell

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that
which should not be done at all.
- Peter Drucker

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless;
peacocks and lilies for instance.
- John Ruskin

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the
tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end,
nor protects it from the bites of insects.
- Chanakya

No man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Celebrity is a weird appendage, which is useless unless
you do something with it.
- Minnie Driver

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
- Karl Marx

A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative.
- George Ade

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this
desire will dictate all his actions.
- Albert Camus

I wondered a little why God was such a useless thing.
It seemed a waste of time to have him.
After that he became less and less, until he was...
nothingness.
- Frances Farmer

There's really nothing else I'm going to do with my life.
I'd be useless if I weren't singing or acting.
- Taryn Manning

Well, one doesn't try to hold Cass and Denny and Michelle together.
It's a useless task to start with.
You just sort of stay out of the way and let things roll as they can.
- John Phillips

It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal.
It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.
- Jose Rizal

If everyone were clothed with integrity,
if every heart were just, frank, kindly,
the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.
- Moliere

If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby,
it's false and useless.
- Crystal Eastman

I have known war as few men now living know it.
It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has
rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
- Douglas MacArthur

When one is trying to do something beyond his known
powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends.
Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
- Henry Miller

Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to
wage war is senseless and useless.
- Adolf Hitler

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace,
that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress.
- Peter Stone

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a
perfectly useless manner,
you have learned how to live.
- Lin Yutang

Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change.
- Peace Pilgrim

I'm just as insufferable and useless as every other dad is.
The dynamic never changes, no matter what you do for a living.
- Glenn Frey

Tell mother, tell mother, I died for my country...
useless...
useless.
- John Wilkes Booth

I am convinced that in the arts, committees are useless.
- Walter Legge

Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of
useless contraptions and in constructing the useful
combinations which are in infinite minority.
- Henri Poincare

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
- Charles de Montesquieu

But whoever gives birth to useless children,
what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself,
and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
- Sophocles

All art is quite useless.
- Oscar Wilde

People feel powerless and useless in the world.
But they can buy something.
It can give them a sense of value, of power.
- Daphne Zuniga

Because just as arms have no force outside if there
is no counsel within a house,
study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to
virtuous effect when the time calls.
- Francois Rabelais

I got very fit that week with all the running around that we di.
I was always last, because I can't run as fast as everyone else.
I'm useless at running.
- Sarah Sutton

The most important thing however is the money.
What use would it be to us, to have a a mighty stadium but a useless team,
because we couldn't afford anything better?
- Franz Beckenbauer

It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe;
you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
- George Byron

The only thing that stops God from sending another
flood is that the first one was useless.
- Nicolas de Chamfort


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