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.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Source: Religious Isolation
Contributed by: Zaady
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?
His expression may often be called bald . . . but it is bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
Source: preface to Poems of Wordsworth
Force and right are the governors of this world; force till right is ready.
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
Source: God and the Bible, 1875
Years hence, perhaps, may dawn an age, More fortunate, alas! than we, Which without hardness will be sage, And gay without frivolity.
Source: The Grande Chartreuse
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