Pedantic Quotes

Pedantic Quotes by J. Maarten Troost, Desiderius Erasmus, John Donne, Edmund Burke, Diane Ackerman, Peter Baynham and many others.

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It is a remarkably easy thing to do, pointing out the faults of others and suggesting remedies or courses of action in an argumentative and pedantic sort of way, and I am still amazed that there are many people in the American media who are paid very big money to do this.
J. Maarten Troost
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men’s judgments of one another.
Desiderius Erasmus
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
John Donne
It looks to me to be narrow and pedantic to apply the ordinary ideas of criminal justice to this great public contest. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
Edmund Burke
Devising a vocabulary for gardening is like devising a vocabulary for sex. There are the correct Latin names, but most people invent euphemisms. Those who refer to plants by Latin name are considered more expert, if a little pedantic.
Diane Ackerman
I was a pedantic child. I’d get really annoyed at the logic of small things that don’t bother anyone else.
Peter Baynham
The attitude of foreign to English musicians is unsympathetic, self-opinionated and pedantic. They believe that their tradition is the only one (this is specially true of the Viennese) and that anything that is not in accordance with that tradition is “wrong” and arises from insular ignorance.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
I think topical songwriting is a real gift, and it’s hard not to be pedantic and show up with the sledgehammer message.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Slothful, feeble, pretentious, pedantic, elitist – these are some of the epithets that eventually become associated with the absent minded scholar, the poor sighted reader, the book worm, the nerd.
Alberto Manguel
To substitute judgments of fact for judgments of value is a sign of pedantic and borrowed criticism.
George Santayana
There is scarcely anything more important in the government of men than the exact – I will ever say pedantic – observance of the regular forms by which the guilt or innocence of accused persons is determined.
Winston Churchill
A lot of political music to me can be rather pedantic and corny, and when it’s done right – like Bruce Springsteen or Jackson Browne or great satire from Randy Newman, there’s nothing better.
Bonnie Raitt
“Science” is pedantic, arrogant, esoteric and often insane.
Herbert M. Shelton
For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Portraits are to daily faces As an evening west To a fine, pedantic sunshine In a satin vest.
Emily Dickinson
Busy old fool, unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through windows and through curtains call on us? Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?
John Donne
I’m pedantic about lip balm. I’ve been chomping through Lip Smackers since age 11. So the lip balm called Lips! is a personal favourite. I also really love the Properly Clean cleanser. Women are wearing primer, sunscreen and makeup, so a cleanser needs to work hard these days.
Zoe Foster Blake
People sometimes think that defining a term is pedantic and useless, but terms need to be defined if they’re going to be discussed, even if the terms are only defined for a single conversation. Those involved in the conversation need to know how the terms are being used.
Pattiann Rogers
If form is mechanically applied, it may indeed result in work that is conventional, if not pedantic or stupid. But form used well can become the very vehicle of freedom, of discovering the creative surprises that liberate mind-at-play.
Stephen Nachmanovitch
A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do.
Niklaus Wirth
Why is it that the less one has to say the more one says it in the most pompous and pedantic way possible?… Is it to fool the world or just to fool themselves?
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The perpetual charm of Arabia is that the traveler finds his level there simply as a human being; the people’s directness, deadly to the sentimental or pedantic, likes the less complicated virtues.
Freya Stark
‘Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.
William Congreve