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The ceaseless, senseless demand for original scholarship in a number of fields, where only erudition is now possible, has led either to sheer irrelevancy, the famous knowing of more and more about less and less, or to the development of a pseudo-scholarship which actually destroys its object.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.

Erudition: Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man.

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That's what sitting on your ass does to your face.

Leonard Cohen (1934-?) Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter.

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

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.

I cannot forgive a scholar his homeless despondency.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances. He plies the slow, unhonored, and unpaid task of observation. He is the world's eye.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

A great scholar is seldom a great philosopher.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

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