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It is unfortunately none too well understood that,
by 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

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

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

 

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing.
You don't win once in a while,
you don't do things right once in a while,
you do them right all the time.
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges
are just lawyers in robes.
- Tammy Bruce

My father invented a cure for which there was no disease
and unfortunately my mother caught it and died of it.
- Victor Borge

There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball.
Unfortunately, neither of them works.
- Charley Lau

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Winning is habit.
Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

It is sad but unfortunately true that
man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

There are three rules for writing a novel.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Unfortunately, sometimes people don't hear you until you scream.
- Stefanie Powers

We ran three cars last year.
Unfortunately, as time went on, we did have to let a few people go,
which we regretted, but just because of the situation.
- Bobby Rahal

And that's why, you know, it's players like Randy Moss
that unfortunately put a stain on the entire league.
- Boomer Esiason

I love the stage, I love the process of acting in theatre,
but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills.
- Kabir Bedi

Unfortunately, little attention was paid to how Arafat ruled.
In fact, some saw the harsh and repressive nature of
Arafat's regime as actually bolstering the prospects for peace.
- Natan Sharansky

Musicians are probably the most uncomfortable people
in themselves in the world.
Happiness, I think, only exists when you're a child and once you go past 11,
unfortunately it's gone.
- Andrea Corr

Unfortunately, there are no mulligans when it comes
to pro football contracts.
- Jay Mohr

Unfortunately, most actors want to play off their own
personal mystique and good looks and whatever,
but that will only carry you but so far.
- Joe Morton

Unfortunately my career began in Hollywood,
doing a negative pickup for Universal pictures.
- Alex Cox

Unfortunately, it happens all too seldom that you really disappear behind a work,
that you are no longer audible as an interpreter.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Unfortunately, a lot of the concepts in the Bible are
based on ancient mythology that doesn't fit the findings of science.
- Clyde Tombaugh

Unfortunately, we are finding the bureaucratic inefficiencies
and red tape have a tendency to slow the efforts of
individuals and communities working to rebuild.
- Bobby Jindal

I unfortunately don't speak French, but my wife is now fluent in English,
which really reflects rather badly on me.
- Sean Connery

We planted bugs, microphones, in premises which interested us in the West.
We weren't too successful - I would have said unfortunately in former years,
but I don't care anymore now.
- Markus Wolf

Unfortunately, in collective bargaining one party or
the other too often tries to gain an advantage -
a bargain,
like buying something in a store for less than it is worth.
- Charles E. Wilson

Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane,
and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are
the people that are closest to them.
- Maynard James Keenan

I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.
- Carrie Fisher

The real political life in Russia unfortunately is
not in the parliament but on the streets and in the media.
- Garry Kasparov

Unfortunately a Constitutional amendment that would
have empowered Congress to make desecration of the
United States flag illegal failed to pass by one vote.
- Kenny Marchant

I don't mean to make you nervous, but unfortunately I have to.
- Eugene Ormandy

Unfortunately, the food industry has not yet faced
this situation and begun taking measures to avoid exploiting
our weakness for not knowing when we have had enough.
- Marvin Harris

Unfortunately, however, I have too many desires to make a good Buddhist.
- Jim Coleman

Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern
is how good they could make themselves look on a title.
- Len Wein

Any feeling that I was enriching my mind from those
surrounding me was unfortunately rare with me.
- Georg Brandes

There were sometimes from forty to sixty English machines,
but unfortunately the Germans were often in the minority.
With them quality was more important than quantity.
- Manfred von Richthofen

We have serious enemies and growing threats around the world.
Unfortunately, we have an administration whose idea
of a rogue state is Arizona.
- Mitt Romney

Unfortunately, I'm not a person that's always capable
of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy.
- Stanley Crouch

This is all about a media war that continues to rage
between the old and new media.
Unfortunately for our soldiers, these brave Americans
are caught in the crossfire.
- Joe Scarborough

Unfortunately, there are so many people who live their
whole life in a place that is safe and protected and
simple and they don't really have that strength inside to fly.
- Andrew Shue

Paris is one of the most beautiful places in all the world.
Unfortunately, I was so homesick I couldn't appreciate its beauty.
- Tyra Banks

I did the Broadway album unfortunately in a year when there were no hits.
- Les Baxter

The best part? Probably being able to portray such a respectable,
ethical, intelligent, strong woman.
That's still pretty rare in our business,
unfortunately.
- Catherine Bell

Cancer has been unfortunately in my life.
My mom's best friend is kicking ass in her battle with breast cancer.
Both of my grandmas had cancer.
I recently lost a friend to cancer.
- Marla Sokoloff

Unfortunately or fortunately, in order to become acquainted
with the idiom of country or rock music,
it is necessary to occasionally play in a bar.
Bars are a rehearsal place.
- Garth Hudson

The process of receiving information for me is seeing,
hearing, and feeling their energy in my frame of reference.
That doesn't mean I see the individual,
unfortunately.
- John Edward

Unfortunately, most college kids these days aren't
coming from any place-they seem to ask the same kind
of questions over and over again.
- Sandra Bernhard

Unfortunately, too many public school officials believe
that cameras are needed to enforce order and discipline.
- Paul Weyrich

Nevertheless, China was unfortunately unable to understand Japan's real position,
and it is greatly to be regretted that the Sino-Japanese
War became one of long duration.
- Hideki Tojo

My father had a brilliant scholastic record in high
school and was awarded a college scholarship.
Unfortunately he had to turn it down so that he could
continue to support his family.
- Tony Visconti


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