An ideological movement is a collection of people many of whom could hardly bake a cake, fix a car, sustain a friendship or a marriage, or even do a quadratic equation, yet they believe they know how to rule the world. The university, in which it is possible to combine theoretical pretension with comprehensive ineptitude, has become the natural habitat of the ideological enthusiast. A kind of adventure playground, carefully insulated from reality in order to prevent absent-minded professors from bumping into things as they explore transcendental realms, has become the institutional base for civilizational self-hatred.
The pretension is nothing; the performance everything. A good apple is better than an insipid peach.leigh hunt
Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.margot fonteyn
In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.john kenneth galbraith
Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends.johann kaspar lavater
This is a new land - a land of pretension because it is new; because classes and systems have not had that time to grow here naturally. We have no aristocracy but of virtue and talent, which is the only true aristocracy, and is the old and true meaning of the term. (Hear, hear.)thomas d'arcy mcgee
For with all our pretension to enlightenment, are we not now a talking, desultory, rather than a meditative generation?john campbell shairp
If fallacies come knocking at my door,I'd rather feed, and shelter full a score,Than hide behind the black portcullis, doubt,And run the risk of barring one Truth out.And if pretension for a time deceive,And prove me one too ready to believe,Far less my shame, than if by stubborn act,I brand as lie, some great colossal Fact.ella wheeler wilcox
Optimism is the parent of despair, while pessimism allows the mind to accustom itself to the inevitable disappointments of human existence by degrees, just as some drugs induce a state of tolerance. Pessimists, moreover, have the better sense of humour, for they have a livelier apprehension of pretension and absurdity. In a meritocracy, furthermore, those who fail must either indulge in elaborate mental contortions to disguise reality from themselves or sink into a deep melancholy.anthony daniels
Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends.
For with all our pretension to enlightenment, are we not now a talking, desultory, rather than a meditative generation?
The days are ever divine as to the first Aryans. They are of the least pretension, and of the greatest capacity of anything that exists. They come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.ralph waldo emerson