The term, then, is obviously a relative one: my pedantry is your scholarship, his reasonable accuracy, her irreducible minimum of education and someone else’s ignorance.
Pedantry is properly the over-rating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to.jonathan swift
Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is Pedantry. ... To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery.george pólya
Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuitable to the time, place, and company.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I have…read it with a good deal of amusement and enjoyment. The latter is due, I suppose, entirely to the subject – for everyone likes to imagine what a man could do if he were a dictator or Pope, or Caliph; the amusement is mainly at the author's expence. The style is one of the most preposterous I have ever read, and I doubt if I ever saw so much Pedantry combined with so much ignorance.frederick rolfe
There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion; it is this, indeed, which gives a value to all the rest, which sets them at work in their proper times and places, and turns them to the advantage of the person who is possessed of them. Without it, learning is Pedantry, and wit impertinence:;; virtue itself looks like weakness; the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice.joseph addison
Economic analysis is the first principle of Marxism. Professors who were genuine leftists would have challenged the entire economics-driven machinery of American academe the wasteful multidepartmental structure, the divisive Pedantry of overspecialization, the cronyism and sycophancy in recruitment and promotion, the boondoggling ostentation of pointless conferences, the exploitation of graduate students and part-time teachers, the subservience of faculty to overpaid administrators, the mediocrity and folly of the ruling cliques of the Modern Language Association.camille paglia
Erudition without Pedantry is as a rare as wisdom itself.george sarton
A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly , science into superstition , and art into Pedantry .George Bernard Shaw
… contempt for the degradation of specialization and Pedantry. Specialization develops only part of a man; a man partially developed is deformed.richard weaver
Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. ‘Tis Pedantry to estimate nations by the census, or by square miles of land, or other than by their importance to the mind of the time.
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into Pedantry. Hence University education.George Bernard Shaw
I have…read it with a good deal of amusement and enjoyment. The latter is due, I suppose, entirely to the subject – for everyone likes to imagine what a man could do if he were a dictator or Pope, or Caliph; the amusement is mainly at the author's expence. The style is one of the most preposterous I have ever read, and I doubt if I ever saw so much Pedantry combined with so much ignorance.
In the history of education, the most striking phenomenon is that schools of learning, which at one epoch are alive with a ferment of genius, in a succeeding generation exhibit merely Pedantry and routine.ted sizer
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