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Diligent as one must be in learning,
by 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

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

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

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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

You really have to work hard and apply yourself and
by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent,
you can achieve success.
- Julie Benz

The diligent scholar is he that loves himself,
and desires to have reason to applaud and love himself.
- William Godwin

I cannot say that I was a particularly diligent student,
especially during the lower grades.
- Koichi Tanaka

To be idle is a short road to death
and to be diligent is a way of life;
foolish people are idle,
wise people are diligent.
- The Buddha

After much diligent research, aided by other women,
I gradually came to understand that beneath the familiar
Goddesses of the patriarchy,
there is a much more ancient Goddess.
- Carol P. Christ

I'd like people to remember me for a diligent expert workman.
I think a poet is a workman.
I think Shakespeare was a workman.
And God's a workman.
I don't think there's anything better than a workman.
- Laurence Olivier

Obviously, people with low or even moderate incomes
could not afford such savings rates,
and even diligent savings from their low wages would
not be enough to pay for either retirement or healthcare.
- William Greider

Our observation of nature must be diligent,
our reflection profound, and our experiments exact.
We rarely see these three means combined;
and for this reason,
creative geniuses are not common.
- Denis Diderot

For us, holding on to religious rules,
and following them, and refraining from what's forbidden,
and being diligent with our duties, what do we call
that? That's what we call freedom.
- Muqtada al Sadr

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

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


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