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Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory
by Albert J. Nock

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

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

 

As far as I know, I have no pride of 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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Ability without honor is useless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep,
and there comes a time when it is wrong,
as well as useless, to resist.
- Stewart Alsop

Just because something doesn't do what you planned
it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
- Thomas A. Edison

It is useless for us to attempt to reason a man
out of a thing he has never been reasoned into.
- Jonathan Swift

Computers are useless.
They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love,
drunk, or running for office.
- Shirley MacLaine

I got very fit that week with all the running around that we di.
I was always last, because I can't run as fast as everyone else.
I'm useless at running.
- Sarah Sutton

Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.
- Abu Bakr

It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel.
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism,
while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
- Dean Inge

I like being 35, I like having a bit of money to spend
on music and useless gadgets.
The net is providing new ways to communicate and cooperate
that just didn't exist in the 80s.
- Malcolm Wilson

The only thing that stops God from sending another
flood is that the first one was useless.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

It should now be clear why the method of Philosophy
is so different from that of the natural sciences.
Experiments are not made, because they would be utterly useless.
- Charles D. Broad

Passion is universal humanity.
Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
- Honore de Balzac

High School is like a spork: it's a crappy spoon and a crappy fork,
so in the end it's just plain useless.
- John Mayer

A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else.
The same with good manners.
- Mignon McLaughlin

The most important thing however is the money.
What use would it be to us, to have a a mighty stadium but a useless team,
because we couldn't afford anything better?
- Franz Beckenbauer

Golf is the most useless outdoor game ever devised
to waste the time and try the spirit of man.
- Westbrook Pegler

When you can't do something truly useful,
you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available,
like snappy dressing.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace,
that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress.
- Peter Stone

If notwithstanding, a Rebellion of the same Kind now afflicts this Country,
we should not infer that this Institution is useless,
or should be laid aside; but just the Reverse.
- Charles Inglis

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
- Charles de Montesquieu

It is only necessary to have courage,
for strength without self-confidence is useless.
- Giacomo Casanova

All art is quite useless.
- Oscar Wilde

Only useless things are indispensable.
- Francis Picabia

I am convinced that in the arts, committees are useless.
- Walter Legge

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless;
peacocks and lilies for instance.
- John Ruskin

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
- George S. Patton

People feel powerless and useless in the world.
But they can buy something.
It can give them a sense of value, of power.
- Daphne Zuniga

If everyone were clothed with integrity,
if every heart were just, frank, kindly,
the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.
- Moliere

If your religion doesn't teach you the difference between good and evil,
your religion is worse than useless.
- Dennis Prager

In preparing for battle I have always found that
plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It would be useless for any player to attempt to explain successful batting.
- Tris Speaker

Because just as arms have no force outside if there
is no counsel within a house,
study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to
virtuous effect when the time calls.
- Francois Rabelais

I didn't want to do just another set of recipes.
I think that's useless.
- Paul Prudhomme

Well, one doesn't try to hold Cass and Denny and Michelle together.
It's a useless task to start with.
You just sort of stay out of the way and let things roll as they can.
- John Phillips

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that
which should not be done at all.
- Peter Drucker

If two men on a job agree all the time,
then one is useless.
If they disagree all the time, then both are useless.
- Darryl F. Zanuck

The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the
tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end,
nor protects it from the bites of insects.
- Chanakya

I'm not dumb.
I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
- Bill Watterson

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a
perfectly useless manner,
you have learned how to live.
- Lin Yutang

It's useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.
- John Cage

Music is essentially useless, as is life.
- George Santayana

We must not confuse distortion with innovation;
distortion is useless change,
art is beneficial change.
- Chuck Jones

The most useless are those who never change through the years.
- James M. Barrie

And to say that society ought to be governed by the
opinion of the wisest and best,
though true, is useless.
Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best?
- Thomas Babington

Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to
wage war is senseless and useless.
- Adolf Hitler


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