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The university's business is the conservation of useless knowledge;
by 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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Americans are the only people in the world known to
me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their
college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell

I'd like to be a geneticist to be honest,
but there are limits to what I can do now.
For my dream to come true I'd have to be 20 years old again,
heading off to a blue chip university.
- Adam Faith

Working together we can strengthen Delaware State University
and the students who attend it.
- Michael N. Castle

When it came time to go to the University,
it was during the war.
- Daniel J. Evans

I met my wife, Margaret L. Mack, at the University of Chicago.
We were married in 1936.
She died in 1970.
- George Stigler

I thus decided to leave the university forever and
tried to find an industrial job in the United States.
- Richard Ernst

My dad was dean of fine arts at the university.
I was casting bronzes in the school foundry.
I was using the university as a playground.
- Maya Lin

I knew that when I resigned from the University of
Texas that I would never coach again.
- Darrell Royal

My real education began when I entered the University
of Chicago in September 1951 as a graduate student.
- James Cronin

Well the way I ended up with my own record is that
I did this concert at Wesleyan University.
It was just one night and we had no thought of making a record.
- Christine Lavin

I now teach at American University and the University of Virginia.
- Julian Bond

We've got to recognize that when we march into Iraq,
we're setting up the card tables in front of every
university in the Arab world,
the Islamic world, to recruit for al-Qaida.
- Chris Matthews

I completed medical school at Loma Linda University
School of Medicine in 1984.
- Samuel Wilson

I'm very proud of what we've done with the State University and the City University.
They're totally different institutions than they were when I took office.
- George Pataki

John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when
I was a political activist in the civil rights movement
and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill,
where I went to university.
- Russell Banks

When I was discharged, I attended the University of
Paris and met a beautiful Parisian girl,
Janine.
We soon married and eventually returned to the States.
- Lloyd Alexander

I'm prepared to fight as hard as I can against unions
entering the University on behalf of our students.
- Ruth J. Simmons

Made it through high school, went to the University of Minnesota.
- Dave Winfield

Teaching is too strong a word for whatever it was I
did at Northeastern University.
- Robert B. Parker

Two years later, I went to the University of Minnesota
from which I was on leave for several years during
the war as a member of Statistical Research Group at Columbia University.
- George Stigler

It's the teenage and university crowd,
so we give them lots of sex jokes and gross humour.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers.
My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
- Kate O'Brien

Even if a university should turn out to be another version of a school,
I had decided I could lose myself afterwards as an
anonymous particle of the London I already loved.
- Patrick White

For the animals, they came from the University in Uppsala
and all different kinds of clinics here.
- Lennart Nilsson

War was my university.
Everything has proceeded from there.
- Paul Virilio

It was not until I got my first job,
at the University of Washington in Seattle,
and began playing chess with Don Gordon,
a brilliant young theorist, that I learned economic theory.
- Douglass North

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States
to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone
directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

In 1971 I returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Physics.
- James Cronin

An early fascination with higher mathematics at the
university level blossomed into speculative thinking
that could provide a basis for dealing with economic issues.
- Lawrence R. Klein

I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was growing up,
really.
So when I decided to go to university instead of drama school,
it was with the intention of becoming an actor afterwards.
- Hugh Dancy

The phenomenon of university creative writing programs doesn't exist in France.
The whole idea is regarded as a novelty,
or an oddity.
- Marilyn Hacker

When the fabric of the universe becomes unknown,
it is the duty of the university to produce weavers.
- Gordon Gee

The University conceives of itself as dedicated to
the power of the intellect.
Its commitment is to the way of reason.
- Edward Levi

I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay
in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order,
so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.
- Manuel Puig

I was working for the Socialist International,
after I left university in 1959, as a researcher.
- Stephen Lewis

Later, at Stanford University, I thought I'd become a lawyer or businessman,
but my father came to me and said he thought there
was a big future in the fine-wine business.
- Robert Mondavi

'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University.
But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.
- William Congreve

In 1959 the University recognized our work by appointing
me to a new Chair of Radio Astronomy.
- Martin Ryle

Delaware State is no longer a college for African Americans without other choices,
it is a university of choice.
- Michael N. Castle

Each university should have a Young Scholars' Committee.
I became the chairman of this Committee,
and immediately it was permitted to have this plan officially adopted.
- Anatoly Chubais

In 1858 I received the degree of D. S. from the Lawrence Scientific School,
and thereafter remained on the rolls of the university as a resident graduate.
- Simon Newcomb

Well did graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University.
- Patricia Clarkson

My father died prematurely at the age of 52 when I was 24,
and it is a recurring regret that he never lived to
see me succeed beyond university and drama.
- Richard E. Grant

My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek
class at Northwestern University.
- James Cronin

In 1978, I entered Tohoku University,
into the Department of Electrical Engineering,
Faculty of Technology.
- Koichi Tanaka

It will be readily admitted, that a degree conferred by an university,
ought to be a pledge to the public that he who holds
it possesses a certain quantity of knowledge.
- Charles Babbage

My parents were neither wealthy nor academic,
but we lived comfortably and they were always extremely
supportive of my academic efforts and aspirations,
both at school and university.
- Paul Nurse

In fact, it used to be a joke if you studied at a University.
- Tony Randall

The Faculty of Technology of Tohoku University is renowned
for its tradition of practical studies.
- Koichi Tanaka


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