Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Source: Sohrab and Rustum
Contributed by: Zaady
The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
Philistine must have originally meant, in the mind of those who invented the nickname, a strong, dogged, unenlightened opponent of the chosen people, of the children of the light.
Source: Essays of Criticism. Heinrich Heine.
Philistinism!-We have not the expression in English. Perhaps we have not the word because we have so much of the thing.
Source: Essays of Criticism
Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life.
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.
And see all sights from pole to pole, And glance, and nod, and hustle by; And never once possess our soul Before we die.
Source: A Southern Night
Strew on her roses, roses, And never a spray of yew! In quiet she reposes; Ah, would that I did too!
There is no better motto which it [culture] can have than these words of Bishop Wilson, "To make reason and the will of God prevail."
Source: Culture and Anarchy. P. 8.
He bears the seed of ruin in himself.
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