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Albert J. Nock

As far as I know, I have no pride of opinion.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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