Albert J. Nock
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
As far as I know, I have no pride of opinion.
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…
Like Prince von Bismarck in diplomacy, I have no secrets.
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…
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…
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…
The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.
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…
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…
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 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…
Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory to a force of sound and disinterested public opinion.
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…
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