The kings of modern thought are dumb.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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!
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