One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common - discontent.
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
But so many books thou readest, But so many schemes thou breedest, But so many wishes feedest, That thy poor head almost turns.
Source: The Second Best
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