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Concerning culture as a process, one would say that
by 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

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

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

 

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 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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Put some distance between yourself
and whatever is concerning you.
Distance in space or time
always creates a new perspective.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

Friendship is the only thing in the world
concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.
- Cicero

There are nine requisites for contented living:
HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure;
WEALTH enough to support your needs;
STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor;
LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
FAITH enough to make real the things of God;
HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How many things there are concerning which we might
well deliberate whether we had better know them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt
is theoretically possible.
- William James

The greatest desire of my heart was for the Lord to
manifest His will concerning me.
- Orson Pratt

My advice to you concerning applause is this:
enjoy it but never quite believe it.
- Samuel Lover

MAY it please your Honors: I was desired by one of
the court to look into the books,
and consider the question now before them concerning Writs of Assistance.
- James Otis

Promoting the interaction of orders remains one of the most difficult,
but crucially important, challenges we face concerning
our national market system.
- Arthur Levitt

Anyone who acquires more than the usual amount of knowledge
concerning a subject is bound to leave it as his contribution
to the knowledge of the world.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical
impact on human life and our relationship to the world.
- Stanislav Grof

For more than three thousand years men have quarreled
concerning the formulas of their faith.
- Felix Adler

Much of what we now consider to be problems concerning
immigration and assimilation really concern Mexican
immigration and assimilation.
- Samuel P. Huntington

The purpose of Plan Columbia was to deal with the increased
cultivation and illegal activity associated with that
cultivation concerning narco trafficking in Columbia.
- Rand Beers

At Geneva, the neutral states were often in agreement
concerning the preliminaries for Genoa,
and Genoa itself was marked by a quite natural mutual exchange of ideas.
- Hjalmar Branting

Art!
Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
- Ludwig van Beethoven

It is amazing to me, as a professional geologist,
how many otherwise intelligent people have,
as some may say, 'drunk the Al Gore Kool-Aid' concerning global climate change.
- Earl F. Titcomb, Jr.

In inquiring concerning the benefits of the plan proposed,
I shall proceed upon the supposition that female seminaries
will be patronized throughout our country.
- Emma Willard

In a way, everything concerning a movie leaves me cold.
- Klaus Kinski

You jot down ideas, memories, whatever,
concerning your real life that somehow parallels the
character you're playing,
and you incorporate that in your scene work.
- Chris Cooper

There is a greater fatigue concerning the African problem
today than five or 10 years ago.
The situation now in Africa is worse today than it was 10 years ago.
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Concerning God, freewill and destiny:
Of all that earth has been or yet may be,
all that vain men imagine or believe,
or hope can paint or suffering may achieve,
we descanted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made:
In the Middle East and in the Muslim world,
suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I am both stunned and appalled that Pat Robertson would
claim to know the mind of God concerning whether particular events...
were the judgments of God.
- Richard Land

For their discoveries concerning the chemical structure of antibodies.
- Rodney Robert Porter

I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with -
the flood of articles,
theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.
- A. R. Ammons

The importance of certain problems concerning the facts
will be inherent in the structure of the system.
- Talcott Parsons

Conducting!
A subject, truly, concerning which much might be written,
yet scarcely anything of real importance is to be found in books.
- Anton Seidl

I shall omit former particulars, and begin with informing the Reader,
that, in 1792, I was strangely visited,
by day and night, concerning what was coming upon the whole earth.
- Joanna Southcott

The main failure of education is that it has not prepared
people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.
- Norman Cousins

It will be thought that I am acting strangely in concerning
myself at this day with what appears at first sight
and simply a well-known method of fortune-telling.
- Arthur E. Waite

There is curiously little art concerning the efficacy of reason -
perhaps simply because reason is not noticeably efficacious.
- Nicholas Mosley

The special counsel has not advised Mr. Rove that he
is a target of the investigation and affirmed that
he has made no decision concerning charges.
- Robert Luskin

We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the
things we are most vehement about.
- Eric Hoffer

I shall go further and say that even if an examination
of the past could lead to any valid prediction concerning man's future,
that prediction would be the contrary of reassuring.
- Julien Benda

I believe there is little to gain by exchanging opinions
with other artists concerning either the ideology of
art or technical methods.
- Yves Tanguy

Even if my mother had no qualms of conscience concerning ownership of negroes,
her sense of duty carried her far beyond the mere supplying of their physical needs,
or requiring that they render faithful service.
- John Sergeant Wise

Critics have their purposes, and they're supposed to do what they do,
but sometimes they get a little carried away with what
they think someone should have done,
rather than concerning themselves with what they did.
- Duke Ellington

I can easily conceive, most Holy Father,
that as soon as some people learn that in this book
which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies,
I ascribe certain motions to the Earth,
they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

The Bible is the only credible guide either as to the
real relationship between man and the earth and the
great Creator of both or concerning the purpose of the creation of both.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

I realise that in this undertaking I place myself in
a certain opposition to views widely held concerning
the mathematical infinite and to opinions frequently
defended on the nature of numbers.
- Georg Cantor

The Bible shows the clear statement of God's purposes concerning the earth,
and man once made its prince.
Its opening chapters show that it was intended for man's instruction.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

She kindly laments that I am not of the party,
and to be sure I honour great ladies,
and I admire great wits, but I am of the same opinion
in regard to assemblies that is held concerning oysters,
that they are never good in a month that has not the letter R in it.
- Elizabeth Montagu

The first issue to be settled is whether socialism
has a right to exist Are its allegations concerning
the present system true? Is industry proceeding on
a principle of fraud? I wish to test the power of recent
economic theory to give an exact answer to this question.
- John Bates Clark

More and more do I see that only a successful revolution
in India can break England's back forever and free Europe itself.
It is not a national question concerning India any longer;
it is purely international.
- Agnes Smedley

The difficulty with the present state of affairs is
that there is no legislation on the sources of funding
for the Polish film industry.
There is no legislation concerning filmmaking.
And, there is no legislation on television that would
be beneficial to filmmaking.
- Andrzej Wajda

Well concerning the world records that I did,
I think it helps a lot to me, yeah.
I think it's a very individual thing because I heard some people say,
like, oh I don't like it at all.
But I definitely, for me it really made a big difference.
- Inge de Bruijn

And, indeed, though they differ concerning other things,
yet all agree in this: that they think there is one
Supreme Being that made and governs the world,
whom they call, in the language of their country,
Mithras.
- Thomas More


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