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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.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.

Heraclitus (c. 535 BCE-c. 475 BCE) Greek philosopher.

The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) French poet.

One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite -- that particular peach is but a detail.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.

Measure three times before you cut once.


Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.