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Assuming that man has a distinct spiritual nature,
by 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

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

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

 

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

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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

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

Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory
to a force of sound and disinterested public 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In sum, we took energy for granted, assuming when we flipped the switch,
the lights would go on and assuming that there would
always be plenty of cheap fuel for our vehicles.
- Mac Thornberry

Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself,
for your children, and - here's the big curve -
for your parents.
- Wendy Wasserstein

I don't necessarily write everything as automatically
assuming it will be collected,
there's nothing that says Hitman will be collected,
though it might be.
- Garth Ennis

The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming
that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.
- George Orwell

I really don't have a lot in common with the people
who attend the Comic Con.
It's like assuming that all people who write prose are the same.
- Harvey Pekar

We are assuming that we exist, that there is reality,
and that the matter of which we are made is real.
- John Clayton

Do not commit the error, common among the young,
of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind you have failed.
- Jan de Hartog

Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country,
it would probably fly around in circles.
- Pat Paulsen

The only ways of enquiry that lead to knowledge...
the one way assuming that being is and that it is impossible for it not to be,
is the trustworthy path, for truth attends it.
- Parmedides

I need some kind of emotional stake in it to write my lyrics,
assuming that place.
It might just be an emotion I understand but am not
currently experiencing necessarily.
- John Mayer

Assuming that his talent can survive the increasing strain,
there is one scarcely avoidable danger that lies ahead
of the pupil on his road to mastery.
- Eugen Herrigel

God cannot approve of a system of servitude,
in which the master is guilty of assuming absolute power -
of assuming God's place and relation towards his fellow-men.
- Gerrit Smith

Assuming roles is something that simply won't work for me,
since I don't have a style.
None at all.
- Martin Kippenberger

God knows how many things a man misses by becoming
smug and assuming that matters will take their own course.
- Loren Eiseley

Princess Rose should indeed be a TV movie,
assuming something doesn't go wrong.
I don't know how good a movie it will be,
because the way movie folk think is different from the way writers think,
and I distrust what isn't done my way.
This is what I call a healthy paranoia.
- Piers Anthony

I do think that it's extremely important with this
character show her assuming power with a great deal of grace,
and find out how to do things she won't like -
the things she's called upon to do.
- Mary McDonnell

The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians
was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail,
and that we should look into contrary assumptions.
- Alonzo Church

Police in Washington D.C.
are now using cameras to catch drivers who go through red lights.
Many congressmen this week opposed the use of the red
light cameras incorrectly assuming they were being
used for surveillance at local brothels.
- Dennis Miller

The standard rumor at the time was that Rumsfeld,
as chief of staff, had persuaded President Ford to appoint George H.W.
Bush as director of Central Intelligence,
assuming that that got rid of a potential competitor for the presidency.
- Bobby R. Inman

So I played the acoustic guitar and harmonica and stomped
my foot and I think I was right in assuming that Greenwich
Village would be the best place to perform my own material
and possibly get some attention,
move on to making records and all.
- Steve Forbert

You could not buy a house in those days without just
assuming that the house was not only a place to live,
but it was a good investment, because it was going
to keep up with inflation or get ahead of inflation,
and it was just - that was America.
- Paul A. Volcker

I align myself with almost all researchers in assuming
that anything we do is a composite of whatever genetic
limitations were given to us by our parents and whatever
kinds of environmental opportunities are available.
- Howard Gardner

I think cheese smells funny, but I feel bananas "are" funny.
I'm assuming Swamp told the whole story of the executives
seriously asking us to replace the banana with cheese
because they thought it was funnier.
- Joe Murray

But assuming the same premises, to wit,
that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations,
the right of property in slaves falls to the ground;
for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner
or property of that other.
- William H. Seward

After believing in promises made and never fulfilled by Labour,
people have become increasingly disenchanted with the
process assuming that all politicians will say anything to gain power,
and then never follow through.
- Adam Rickitt

I know Dark Phoenix is a huge part of the X-Men saga,
so I'm assuming they're at least going to want to touch on it,
but I don't know and I don't know whether I would want to be involved.
That depends on many different things.
- Famke Janssen

The paradigm of competition is a race:
by rewarding the winner,
we encourage everyone to run faster.
When capitalism really works this way,
it does a good job; but its defenders are wrong in
assuming it always works this way.
- Richard Stallman

Given that, and assuming that we begin to adjust to
issues like climate change and the greenhouse effect,
Denver's location in the center of the country becomes a tremendous advantage.
- John Hickenlooper

And this is the Anarchistic definition of the State:
the embodiment of the principle of invasion in an individual,
or a band of individuals, assuming to act as representatives
or masters of the entire people within a given area.
- Benjamin Tucker

I came across awful characters when I got some kind
of status and came to Hollywood.
Then you have directors trying to sleep with you,
assuming that you will do things because of the way you dress.
- Stacey Dash

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill


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