quote by George Bernard Shaw

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

— George Bernard Shaw

Belligerent Pedantry quotations

All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.

Nature avenges herself speedily on the hard pedantry that would chain her waves.

She is no literalist. Every thing must be taken genially, and we must be at the top of our condition, to understand any thing rightly.

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.

Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge.


The most ingenious men are now agreed, that [universities] are only nurseries of prejudice, corruption, barbarism, and pedantry.

One thing must be avoided at all costs: narrow-mindedness, pedantry, dull pettiness.

This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.

Pedants, who have the least knowledge to be proud of, are impelled most by vanity.

Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism; the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young.


Pedants make a great rout about criticism, as if it were a science of great depth, and required much pains and knowledge--criticism however is only the result of good sense, taste and judgment--three qualities that indeed seldom are found together, and extremely seldom in a pedant, which most critics are.

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.

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.

The wages of pedantry is pain.

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


Erudition without pedantry is as a rare as wisdom itself.

The tone of good conversation is brilliant and natural;

it is neither tedious nor frivolous; it is instructive without pedantry, gay without tumultuousness, polished without affectation, gallant without insipidity, waggish without equivocation.

Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuitable to the time, place, and company.

Though pedantry denies, It's plain the Bible means That Solomon grew wise While talking with his queens.

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.


The pulpit style of Germany has been always rustically negligent, or bristling with pedantry.

The word "Verse" is used here as the term most convenient for expressing, and without pedantry, all that is involved in the consideration of rhythm, rhyme, meter, and versification... the subject is exceedingly simple; one tenth of it, possibly may be called ethical; nine tenths, however, appertains to the mathematics.

Pedantry is the showy display of knowledge which crams our heads with learned lumber and then takes out our brains to make room for it.

Learning has always been made much of, but forgetting has always been deprecated; therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself throughout the modern world at the expense of culture.

Perhaps the prevalence of pedantry may be largely accounted for by the common error of thinking that, because useful knowledge should be remembered, any kind of knowledge that is at all worth learning should be remembered too.


No matter how efficient school training may be, it would only produce stagnation, orthodoxy, and rigid pedantry if there were no uncommon men pushing forward beyond the wisdom of their tutors.

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.

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.

To be exact has naught to do with pedantry or dogma.

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


Folly disgusts us less by her ignorance than pedantry by her learning.

Diligent as one must be in learning, one must be as diligent in forgetting;

otherwise the process is one of pedantry, not culture.

Also, what mountains of dead ashes, wreck and burnt bones, does assiduous pedantry dig up from the past time and name it History.

Lust," she said. "Lust is a deadly sin." "And spanking." "I think that falls under lust." "I think it should have its own category." said Jace

A pedant holds more to instruct us with what he knows, than of what we are ignorant.

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