The arts alone give direct access to experience. To eliminate them from education - or worse, to tolerate them as cultural ornaments - is antieducational obscurantism. It is foisted on us by the pedants and snobs of Hellenistic Greece who considered artistic performance fit only for slaves...
Baseball fans are pedants, there is no other kind.wilfrid sheed
A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.
A single Voltaire will do more honor to France than a thousand pedants, a thousand false wits, a thousand great men of inferior order.Frederick II of Prussia
Good scholars struggle to understand the world in an integral way (pedants bite off tiny bits and worry them to death). These visions of reality […] demand our respect, for they are an intellectual's only birthright. They are often entirely wrong and always flawed in serious ways, but they must be understood honorably and not subjected to mayhem by the excision of patches.stephen jay gould
The Seventies theory explosion [i.e., Literary theory, deconstruction , etc.] was a panic reaction by headlocked pedants unable to cope with the emotional and sensory flux of the Sixties. It was a desperate search for new authority, new dogma.camille paglia
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