Matthew Arnold Quotes


51 Matthew Arnold quotes:



"[Oxford] whispering from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Age . . . Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!"
"Truth sits upon the lips of dying men."
"The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next."
"what thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most."
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"Eyes too expressive to be blue, / Too lovely to be grey."
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"Philistinism! - We have not the expression in English. Perhaps we have not the word because we have so much of the thing."
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"Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit."
"Culture, then, is a study of perfection, and perfection which insists on becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances."
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"(Poetry) a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty"
"I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world."
"Genius is mainly an affair of energy, and poetry is mainly an affair of genius; therefore a nation whose spirit is characterized by energy may well be imminent in poetry - and we have Shakespeare."
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"Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things."
"Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty."
"For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment."
"Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge."
"Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern."
"Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!"
"Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play, Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away."
"To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive."
"And we forget because we must and not because we will."



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