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Memory likes to play hide-and-seek, to crawl away. It tends to hold forth, to dress up, often needlessly. Memory contradicts itself; pedant that it is, it will have its way.
— Gunter Grass —

I believe this. When we meet those we fall in love with, there is an aspect of our spirit that is historian, a bit of a pedant who reminisces or remembers a meeting when the other has passed by innocently ... but all parts of the body must be ready for the other, all atoms must jump in one direction for desire to occur.

— Michael Ondaatje

Memory likes to play hide-and-seek, to crawl away. It tends to hold forth, to dress up, often needlessly. Memory contradicts itself; pedant that it is, it will have its way.

— Gunter Grass

Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Now, there's a young man who looks like a real pedant, for you!

— Victor Hugo

Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?

— Johann Kaspar Lavater

Nothing endures, nothing is precise and certain (except the mind of a pedant), perfection is the mere repudiation of that ineluctable marginal inexactitude which is the mysterious inmost quality of Being

— H.G. Wells

If a philosopher is not a man, he is anything but a philosopher; he is above all a pedant, and a pedant is a caricature of a man.

— Miguel De Unamuno

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

— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

He who studies without passion will never become anything more than a pedant.

— Stefan Zweig

Never argue with a pedant over nomenclature. It wastes your time and annoys the pedant.

— Lois McMaster Bujold

To expect an author to talk as he writes is ridiculous; or even if he did you would find fault with him as a pedant.

— William Hazlitt

When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant.

— Confucius

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