I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavor to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Source: Essays in Criticism
Contributed by: Zaady
One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common - discontent.
But each day brings its petty dust Our soon-chok'd souls to fill, And we forget because we must, And not because we will.
Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines, and Populace; and America is just ourselves, with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
Source: Culture and Anarchy
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
To hear the world applaud the hollow ghost Which blamed the living man.
Source: Growing Old.
The will is free; Strong is the soul, and wise, and beautiful; The seeds of godlike power are in us still; Gods are we, bards, saints, heroes, if we will!
Source: Written in a copy of Emerson’s Essays
For this is the true strength of guilty kings, When they corrupt the souls of those they rule.
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