Quote by Charles Caleb Colton
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.
This quote suggests that pedantry refers to the ostentatious exhibition of one's knowledge, filling our minds with unnecessary and excessive information at the expense of critical thinking. It implies that pedantry prioritizes the accumulation of information for the sake of displaying intellectual superiority, rather than genuinely expanding our understanding. In doing so, it metaphorically suggests that pedantry removes our ability to think independently by replacing our ability to reason with an overwhelming amount of superfluous knowledge.
I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and women trample themselves and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amidst the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.