Matthew Arnold

1822 - 1888

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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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 death, life, and soul

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.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Memorial Verses

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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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