One has often wondered whether upon the whole earth there is anything so unintelligent, so unapt to perceive how the world is really going, as an ordinary young Englishman of our upper class.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Source: Culture and Anarchy
Contributed by: Zaady
Thou waitest for the spark from heaven! and we, Light half-believers in our casual deeds . . . Who hesitate and falter life away, And lose tomorrow the ground won today- Ah, do not we, Wanderer, await it too?
Source: The Scholar-Gypsy
With close-lipp'd Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbour to Despair.
All this I bear, for, what I seek, I know: Peace, peace is what I seek, and public calm: Endless extinction of unhappy hates.
He will find one English book and one only, where, as in the "Iliad" itself, perfect plainness of speech is allied with perfect nobleness; and that book is the Bible.
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.
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