The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.
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.
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.
Diligent as one must be in learning, one must be as diligent in forgetting; otherwise the process is one of pedantry, not culture.
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.
As far as I know, I have no pride of opinion.
Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory to a force of sound and disinterested public opinion.
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.