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PEDANTRY
[ Also see Bigotry Bores Dogmatism Knowledge Learning Ostentation Sophistry Wisdom ]

Learning, like traveling and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities.
      - Joseph Addison

Pedantry in learning is like hypocrisy inn religion--a form of knowledge without the power of it.
      - Joseph Addison

Pedants are men who would appear to be learned, without the necessary ingredient of knowledge.
      - George Bancroft

A pedant is a precocious old man.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

Pedants, who have the least knowledge to be proud of, are impelled most by vanity.
      - Wilkie (William) Collins

Folly disgusts us less by her ignorance than pedantry by her learning.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Pedantry prides herself on being wrong by rules; while common-sense is contented to be right without them. The former would rather stumble in following the dead, than walk upright by the profane assistance of the living.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The brains of a pedant however full, are vacant.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Pendantry is the unseasonable ostentation of learning. It may be discovered either in the choice of a subject or in the manner d treating it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Pedantry, in the common acceptation of the word, means an absurd ostentation of learning, and stiffness of phraseology, proceeding from a misguided knowledge of books and a total ignorance of men.
      - Henry Mackenzie ("Man of Feeling" or "Addison of the North")

A pedant holds more to instruct us with what he knows, than of what we are ignorant.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Opinionated assurance.
      - Wendell Phillips

With loads of learned lumber in his head.
      - Alexander Pope

Pedantry and bigotry are millstones, able to sink the best book which carries the least part of their dead weight. The temper of the pedagogue suits not with the age; and the world, however it may be taught, will not be tutored.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Pedantry is paraded knowledge.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

A well-read fool is the most pestilent of blockheads; his learning is a flail which he knows not how to handle, and with which he breaks his neighbor's shins as well as his own. Keep a fellow of this description at arm's length, as you value the integrity of your bones.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Pedantry proceeds from much reading and little understanding.
      - Sir Richard Steele

The most annoying of all blockheads is a well-read fool.
      - Bayard Taylor


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