The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Too fast we live, too much are tried, Too harass'd, to attain Wordsworth's sweet calm, or Goethe's wide And luminous view to gain.
Source: Memory of the Author of Obermann
The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
Source: Literature and Dogma, preface to 1883 edition, last words
When Byron's eyes were shut in death, We bow'd our head and held our breath. He taught us little; but our soul Had felt his like a thunder roll. . . . We watch'd the fount of fiery life Which serv'd for that Titanic life.
Source: Memorial Verses
He spoke, and loos'd our heart in tears. He laid us as we lay at birth On the cool flowery lap of earth.
Time may restore us in his course Goethe's sage mind and Byron's force: But where will Europe's latter hour Again find Wordsworth's healing power?
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