Matthew Arnold Quotes

Resolve to be thyself; and know, that he Who finds himself, loses his misery.

Matthew Arnold

Yes: in the sea of life enisld, With echoing straits between us thrown, Dotting the shoreless watery wild, We mortal millions live alone.

Matthew Arnold

Calm soul of all things! make it mine To feel, amid the citys jar, That there abides a peace of thine, Man did not make, and cannot mar.

Matthew Arnold

We cannot kindle when we will The fire that in the heart resides, The spirit bloweth and is still, In mystery our soul abides; But tasks, in hours of insight willed, Can be through hours of gloom fulfilled.

Matthew Arnold

Ennobling this dull pomp, the life of kings, By contemplation of diviner things.

Matthew Arnold

I keep saying, Shakspeare, Shakspeare, you are as obscure as life is.

Matthew Arnold

Weep bitterly over the dead, for he is worthy, and then comfort thyself; drive heaviness away: thou shall not do him good, but hurt thyself.

Matthew Arnold

However, if I shall live to be eighty I shall probably be the only person left in England who reads anything but newspapers and scientific publications.

Matthew Arnold

It is important, therefore, to hold fast to this: that poetry is at bottom a criticism of life; that the greatness of a poet lies in his powerful and beautiful application of ideas to life to the question: How to live.

Matthew Arnold

A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.

Matthew Arnold

Coleridge, poet and philosopher wrecked in a mist of opium.

Matthew Arnold

The best poetry will be found to have a power of forming, sustaining, and delighting us, as nothing else can.

Matthew Arnold

Everything in our political life tends to hide from us that there is anything wiser than our ordinary selves.

Matthew Arnold

The men of culture are the true apostles of equality.

Matthew Arnold

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God prevail. He who works for machinery, he who works for hatred, works only for confusion. Culture looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passion, the passion for sweetness and light.

Matthew Arnold
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