Matthew Arnold

1822 - 1888

A Quote by Matthew Arnold on perfection

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on children, inventions, mind, and people

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.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Essays of Criticism. Heinrich Heine.

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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

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.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Memory of the Author of Obermann

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on emotion, meaning, morality, and religion

The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Literature and Dogma, preface to 1883 edition, last words

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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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