Matthew Arnold Quotes

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

Matthew Arnold

We do not what we ought, What we ought not, we do, And lean upon the thought That chance will bring us through.

Matthew Arnold

Thou hast no right to bliss.

Matthew Arnold

The sophist sneers: Fool, take Thy pleasure, right or wrong! The pious wail: Forsake A world these sophists throng! Be neither saint nor sophist-led, but be a man.

Matthew Arnold

Hither and thither spins The wind-borne mirroring soul, A thousand glimpses wins, And never sees a whole.

Matthew Arnold

Time may restore us in his course Goethes sage mind and Byrons force; But where will Europes latter hour Again find Wordsworths healing power?

Matthew Arnold

Wordsworth has gone from us and ye, Ah, may ye feel his voice as we! He too upon a wintry clime Had fallen on this iron time Of doubts, disputes, distractions, fears.

Matthew Arnold

Physician of the Iron Age, Goethe has done his pilgrimage. He took the suffering human race, He read each wound, each weakness clear And struck his finger on the place, And said Thou ailest here, and here.

Matthew Arnold

Yet they, believe me, who await No gifts from Chance, have conquerd Fate.

Matthew Arnold

The World in which we live and move Outlasts aversion, outlasts love: Outlasts each effort, interest, hope, Remorse, grief, joy.

Matthew Arnold

Fate gave, what Chance shall not control, His sad lucidity of soul.

Matthew Arnold

Singing, "Here came a mortal, But faithless was she: And alone dwell for ever The kings of the sea."

Matthew Arnold

Sand-strewn caverns, cool and deep, Where the winds are all asleep.

Matthew Arnold

Come, dear children, let us away; Down and away below. Now my brothers call from the bay; 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. Children dear, let us away. This way, this way!

Matthew Arnold

That which in England we call the middle class is in America virtually the nation.

Matthew Arnold

English civilization the humanizing, the bringing into one harmonious and truly humane life, of the whole body of English society that is what interests me.

Matthew Arnold
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