"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."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Albert J. Nock on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Albert J. Nock on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Albert J. Nock on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Albert J. Nock on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Albert J. Nock on Thomas Jefferson
"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."
"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."
"Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory to a force of sound and disinterested public opinion."
"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."
"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."
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