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!
Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)
Source: Written in a copy of Emerson’s Essays
Contributed by: Zaady
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
Was Christ a man like us?-Ah! let us try If we then, too, can be such men as he!
Source: The Better Part
Conduct is three-fourths of life and its largest concern.
Source: The Future
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.
Source: Essays in Criticism
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.
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