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The position of modern science, as far as an ignorant
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am the baby in the family, and I always will be.
I am actually very happy to have that position.
But I still get teased.
I don't mind that.
- Janet Jackson

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't let your ego get too close to your position,
so that if your position gets shot down,
your ego doesn't go with it.
- Colin Powell

Constant development is the law of life,
and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas
in order to appear consistent
drives himself into a false position.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.
When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe.
You relinquish that position to your children.
- Jessica Lange

Power and position often make a man trifle with the truth.
- George A. Smith

That is the thankless position of the father in the family -
the provider for all,
and the enemy of all.
- August Strindberg

Each individual member of a co-operative society works
with that interest which is inseparable from the new position he enjoys.
Each has an interest in the other.
- Leland Stanford

It's a perfectly valid position to not like Shakespeare.
- Ted Rall

I am still a victim of chess.
It has all the beauty of art - and much more.
It cannot be commercialized.
Chess is much purer than art in its social position.
- Marcel Duchamp

If you've earned a position, be proud of it.
Don't hide it.
I want to be recognized.
When I hear people say, 'There's Joan Crawford!' I turn around and say,
'Hi!
How are you!'
- Joan Crawford

You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

We need to make is to strengthen the position of the director of the CIA.
- Bob Graham

Let your family, staff, and friends know that you're still the same person,
despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position.
- Donald Rumsfeld

I'm in a position to look back at my life,
and I realized there were a number of experiences that needed to be documented.
- Dexter S. King

Google is in an amazing position to be the target of
tons of lawsuits that will set precedent for many important
things for us on the Internet.
- Joichi Ito

The easiest thing to be in the world is you.
The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.
Don't let them put you in that position.
- Leo Buscaglia

Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy
because it stands for equal opportunity would like
to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise.
- Henry A. Wallace

I was slightly disappointed, but also encouraged,
because I put myself in position to win a major,
which is all even Tiger says he tries to do.
- Stuart Appleby

I am joining the government not from the academic position but from St.
Petersburg city council.
- Anatoly Chubais

I think I'm in a really nice position,
where I'm sure I could do another show if I wanted to do one,
but right now the main thing in my mind is writing songs.
- Chris Isaak

No matter what his position or experience in life,
there is in everyone more latent than developed ability;
far more unused than used power.
- James Cash Penney

I position everything else in my life around making movies.
- Richard King

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that
when your position falls,
your ego goes with it.
- Colin Powell

The American work ethic is something to be admired.
Our workforce, regardless of position,
works hard to produce the best product and serve customers
to the best of their ability.
- Leonard Boswell

We're trying to put ourselves in the best position to win,
period, if not this year, next year.
- Tom Hicks

Center is a very tough position to play.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The man who sows wrong thoughts and deeds and prays
that God will bless him is in the position of a farmer who,
having sown tares, asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of wheat.
- James Allen

One could say that in case of need, every normal and
healthy woman is able to hold a position.
And there is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman.
- Edith Stein

It is not the position, but the disposition.
- Susan Sontag

The history of American politics is littered with bodies
of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
- Benjamin C. Bradlee

I kind of like the position of being the fair-haired savior of my mother.
- Patty Duke

So writing is a very, very difficult position to obtain...
and retain.
- Leon Uris

If you've ever been in a position in your life where
you just can't take any more,
you just have to get through the next second,
and the next second after that.
- Michael Novak

In the summertime, we do a lot of video work.
With that, I can show them if their head is moving
too far or if the ball position or alignment isn't right.
- Mike Ricci

We need to be a leadership position about protecting
minors on the Internet and,
more importantly, giving the parents the tools they need to protect them.
- Peter Chernin

Jazz is not the popular culture.
Jazz is in the same position in our culture as classical music.
A very small minority of people really love it.
- John Corigliano

From my subjective position, there was no honeymoon.
- John Hickenlooper

I have a bad back partially from playing the drums and singing.
I used to have to hold my body in such a position that
my spine got out of alignment.
- Don Henley

In the relationship between man and religion,
the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality.
- Tom C. Clark

There is only one position for an artist anywhere;
and that is upright.
- Dylan Thomas

For the victor peace means the preservation of the
position of power which he has secured.
For the vanquished it means resigning himself to the position left to him.
- Gustav Stresemann

Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand
what our position is and,
conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed.
- Edward Bond

Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.
- Karl Marx

But I've been very clear in this campaign -
I don't believe the party should have a position on abortion.
- Stephen Harper

Poverty should not be viewed by us as a humiliation
and even less so as a position of honour or a fatality.
- Mathieu Kerekou

I believe that everyone can appreciate the right of
a family to grieve the loss of a loved one in peace,
regardless of anyone's position on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Dave Reichert


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