Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold

British critic and poet

Lived from: 1822-1888

Category: Media | Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Matthew Arnold

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    Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
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    And we forget because we must and not because we will.
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    Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
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    Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
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    But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will.
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    Culture is „To know the best that has been said and thought in the world".

    Source: Literature and Dogma, Preface

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    Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit.
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    Culture, then, is a study of perfection, and perfection which insists on becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances.
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    Greatness is a spiritual condition.
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    Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
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    Journalism is literature in a hurry.
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    Light half-believers of our casual creeds, who never deeply felt, nor clearly will d, whose insight never has borne fruit in deeds, whose vague resolves never have been fulfilled.
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    Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
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    Protestantism has the method of Jesus with His secret too much left out of mind; Catholicism has His secret with His method too much left out of mind; neither has His unerring balance, His intuition, His sweet reasonableness. But both have hold of a great truth, and get from it a great power.
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    Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.
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