W.A. Oldfather (1880-1945), "The Dissertation,"
32.20 (April 10, 1939) 231-233 (at 231):
What we principally need is to
keep out of the profession not so much those unblessed
by the laying on of philological hands, as rascals, boors
and fourflushers, and especially poor fish with cold
blood and lack-lustre eyes, the bespectacled, stodgy
and scarified closet-pedants, able indeed through Sitzfleisch to meet the requirements for a higher degree,
but who patently get no joy out of their own contact
with classical culture (or out of anything else, for that
matter), yet profess to interpret not merely that people whose prime need was for a world of men, but the
very race of immortal children themselves! It is these
pedants who drive away from the classics most of the
students who are glad to be alive.