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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.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

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.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

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

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

The professors laugh at themselves, they laugh at life; they long ago abjured the bitch-goddess Success, and the best of them will fight for his scholastic ideals with a courage and persistence that would shame a soldier. The professor is not afraid of words like truth; in fact he is not afraid of words at all.

Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973)

Profession: American Author

By the worldly standards of public life, all scholars in their work are of course oddly virtuous. They do not make wild claims, they do not cheat, they do not try to persuade at any cost, they appeal neither to prejudice nor to authority, they are often frank about their ignorance, their disputes are fairly decorous, they do not confuse what is being argued with race, politics, sex or age, they listen patiently to the young and to the old who both know everything. These are the general virtues of scholarship, and they are peculiarly the virtues of science.

Author: Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974)

Profession: British Scientist, Author

A mere scholar, a mere ass.

Author: Robert Burton (1576-1640)

Profession: British Clergyman, Scholar

And let a scholar all earth's volumes carry, he will be but a walking dictionary: a mere articulate clock.

Author: George Chapman (1557-1634)

Profession: British Dramatist, Translator, Poet

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

Author: Leonard Cohen (1934)

Profession: Canadian-born American Musician, Songwriter, Singer

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

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

I cannot forgive a scholar his homeless despondency.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

People who use their erudition to write for a learned minority... don't seem to me favored by fortune but rather to be pitied for their continuous self-torture. They add, change, remove, lay aside, take up, rephrase, show to their friends, keep for nine years and are never satisfied. And their futile reward, a word of praise from a handful of people, they win at such a cost -- so many late nights, such loss of sleep, sweetest of all things, and so much sweat and anguish... their health deteriorates, their looks are destroyed, they suffer partial or total blindness, poverty, ill-will, denial of pleasure, premature old age and early death.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

A great scholar is seldom a great philosopher.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

He has the common feeling of his profession. He enjoys a statement twice as much if it appears in fine print, and anything that turns up in a footnote... takes on the character of divine revelation.

Author: Margaret Halsey (1910)

Profession: American Author

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

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist