Matthew Arnold

1822 - 1888

A Quote by Matthew Arnold on earth, perception, and world

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

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on misery

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Resolve to be thyself: and know that he Who finds himself loses his misery.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Self Dependence

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on deed, heaven, and life

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?

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: The Scholar-Gypsy

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on despair, friendship, and patience

With close-lipp'd Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbour to Despair.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on peace and unhappiness

All this I bear, for, what I seek, I know: Peace, peace is what I seek, and public calm: Endless extinction of unhappy hates.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Merope

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on books and speech

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.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on perfection

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on children, inventions, mind, and people

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.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Essays of Criticism. Heinrich Heine.

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold

Philistinism!-We have not the expression in English. Perhaps we have not the word because we have so much of the thing.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Essays of Criticism

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on criticism, life, and poetry

Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

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