With close-lipp'd Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbour to Despair.
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.
Culture is "to know the best that has been said and thought in the world."
'He knows', says Hebraism, 'his Bible!'-whenever we hear this said, we may, without any elaborate defense of culture, content ourselves with answering simply: 'No man, who knows nothing else, knows even his Bible.'
Source: Culture and Anarchy
Nature's great law, and the law of all men's minds? To its own impulse every creature stirs: Live by thy light, and Earth will live by hers.
Source: Religious Isolation
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
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