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Albert J. Nock – 12 Quotes

 

12 Quotes by 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


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


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


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


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 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 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


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


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


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