Matthew Arnold

1822 - 1888

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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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on genius, energy, nations, poetry, and spirit

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.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on death and soul

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And see all sights from pole to pole, And glance, and nod, and hustle by; And never once possess our soul Before we die.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: A Southern Night

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on quiet

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Strew on her roses, roses, And never a spray of yew! In quiet she reposes; Ah, would that I did too!

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Requiescat.

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on culture, god, reason, and words

There is no better motto which it [culture] can have than these words of Bishop Wilson, "To make reason and the will of God prevail."

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Culture and Anarchy. P. 8.

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on birth, earth, heart, and tears

He spoke, and loos'd our heart in tears. He laid us as we lay at birth On the cool flowery lap of earth.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Memorial Verses

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on force, mind, power, sage, and time

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?

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Memorial Verses

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on mountains

His expression may often be called bald . . . but it is bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: preface to Poems of Wordsworth

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on nature and power

Nature herself seems, I say, to take the pen out of his hand, and to write for him with her own bare, sheer, penetrating power.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: preface to Poems of Wordsworth

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on fulfillment, gloom, heart, mystery, soul, and spirit

We cannot kindle when we will The fire which in the heart resides, The spirit bloweth and is still, In mystery our soul abides: But tasks in hours of insight will'd Can be through hours of gloom fulfill'd.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Morality, st. 1

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