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
Contributed by: Zaady
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
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.
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
To hear the world applaud the hollow ghost Which blamed the living man.
Source: Growing Old.
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