121 Total Quotes

Matthew Arnold Quotes

Matthew Arnold
Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.
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#English Poet

Matthew Arnold
Genius is mainly an affair of energy, and poetry is mainly an affair of genius; therefore a nation whose spirit is characterized by energy may well be imminent in poetry - and we have Shakespeare.
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#Energy

Matthew Arnold
The grand style arises in poetry, when a noble nature, treats with simplicity or with severity a serious subject
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#Nature

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Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things
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#Poetry

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Now the great winds shoreward blow, / Now the salt tides seaward flow; / Now the wild white horses play, / Champ and chafe and toss in the spray.
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#Horses

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(Poetry) a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty
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#Criticism

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Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
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#English Poet

Matthew Arnold
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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#English Poet #Culture

Matthew Arnold
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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#Christianity #Catholicism

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Resolve to find thyself; and to know that he who finds himself, loses his misery
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#Misery

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Crossing the stripling Thames at Bablock-hithe, / Trailing in the cool stream thy fingers wet, / As the slow punt swings round.
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#Cool

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[Oxford] whispering from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Age . . . Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
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#Age And Aging

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Journalism is literature in a hurry.
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#English Poet #Journalism

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Years hence, perhaps, may dawn an age, / More fortunate, alas! than we, / Which without hardness will be sage, / And gay without frivolity.
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#Age And Aging

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The working-class is now issuing from its hiding-place to assert an Englishman's heaven-born privilege of doing as he likes, and is beginning to perplex us by marching where it likes, meeting where it likes, bawling what it likes, breaking what it likes.
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#Working Class

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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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#English Poet

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When we first saw the news of the bombing we didn't know he was out there [in Bali],
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#News

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Philistinism! - We have not the expression in English. Perhaps we have not the word because we have so much of the thing.
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#Expression

Matthew Arnold
If experience has established any one thing in this world, it has established this: that it is well for any great class and description of men in society to be able to say for itself what it wants, and not to have other classes, the so-called educated and intelligent classes, acting for it as its proctors, and supposed to understand its wants and to provide for them. A class of men may often itself not either fully understand its wants, or adequately express them; but it has a nearer interest and a more sure diligence in the matter than any of its proctors, and therefore a better chance of success.
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#Class

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But there remains the question: what righteousness really is. The method and secret and sweet reasonableness of Jesus.
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#Righteousness

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I am past thirty, and three parts iced over.
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#Past

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Nor bring to see me cease to live,/ Some doctor full of phrase and fame,/ To shake his sapient head, and give/ The ill he cannot cure a name.
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#Fame

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Creep into thy narrow bed, / Creep, and let no more be said!
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#Bed

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The beginning is always today.
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#British Writer

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Eyes too expressive to be blue, / Too lovely to be grey.
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#Eyes

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The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
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#English Poet

Matthew Arnold
The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
Matthew Arnold
#English Poet