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Learning has always been made much of,
by 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

It is important to do what you don't know how to do.
It is important to see your skills as keeping you
from learning what is deepest and most mysterious.
If you know how to focus, unfocus.
If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- Carlos Castaneda

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

We learn more by looking for the answer
to a question and not finding it
than we do from learning the answer itself.
- Lloyd Alexander

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Angelina Jolie

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation
of the experience of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The signs of outstanding leadership
appear primarily among the followers.
Are the followers reaching their potential?
Are they learning? Serving?
Do they achieve the required results?
Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
- Max De Pree

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival
skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
- Doug Larson

Men have a respect for scholarship and learning
greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.
- Henry David Thoreau

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
- Albert Einstein

Women have to harness their power - its absolutely true.
It's just learning not to take the first no.
And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
- Cher

We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation is in God.
- David Brainerd

True, a little learning is a dangerous thing,
but it still beats total ignorance.
- Abigail Van Buren

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought
for with ardor and diligence.
- Abigail Adams

Learning never exhausts the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler

Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things
that made life to me glorious -
friendship and learning.
- Jane Harrison

Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks.
- Isaac Watts

Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries,
but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake,
on tiptoe.
- Josh Billings

While I thought that I was learning how to live,
I have been learning how to die.
- Leonardo da Vinci

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
- Ambrose Bierce

Learning is the beginning of wealth.
Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
- Jim Rohn

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
- Henry Ford

We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one
of Nature's greatest healers.
- Ellsworth Huntington

They are the guiding oracles which man has found out
for himself in that great business of ours,
of learning how to be, to do, to do without,
and to depart.
- John Morley

Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
- Aeschylus

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,
unskilled in the arts of composition,
I resolved to write a book.
- Edward Gibbon

We'll go back to the moon by not learning anything new.
- Burt Rutan

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
- Joseph Joubert

That was the reasoning behind learning to play bass,
and then after that it was more like it was neat to play songs together -
for me to play bass and for him to play guitar.
- Tom Araya

Just keep learning from the role and not just go for the money.
- Haley Joel Osment

All the time a person is a child he is both a child
and learning to be a parent.
After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly
a parent reliving childhood.
- Benjamin Spock

I take away something from every role.
I'm still learning and that's what life is about.
- Cary Elwes

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong
process of keeping abreast of change.
And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
- Peter Drucker

Learning is finding out what you already know.
- Richard Bach

The country remains dependent on oil.
But as we are now learning, oil is becoming increasingly scarce.
- Armstrong Williams


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