190+ Matthew Arnold quotes

Matthew Arnold quotes
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Name: Matthew ArnoldFind on Amazon India: Link
Nationality: EnglishFind on Amazon: Link
Profession: Poet
Born: 24-Dec-1822 
Death: 15-Apr-1888

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.

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.

Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall.

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness of the human mind to take miracles as evidence, and to seek for miracles as evidence.

And we forget because we must and not because we will.

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

Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.

Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.

Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.

For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.

France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.

Greatness is a spiritual condition.

Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play, Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away.

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.

Journalism is literature in a hurry.

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.

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

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.

Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.

Sad Patience, too near neighbour to despair.

Spare me the whispering, crowded room, the friends who come and gape and go, the ceremonious air of gloom – all, which makes death a hideous show.

Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.

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