Quotations by Matthew Arnold

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Born: Tuesday, December 24, 1822
Died: Sunday, April 15, 1888 (65 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: English


And we forget because we must and not because we will.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Forget, Will)

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

Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Dream, Despair)

Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Life, Concern)

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Love, Culture, Perfection, Study)

Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Thought, Culture, 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.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Power, Creation, Literature, Man)

France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: France)

Greatness is a spiritual condition.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Greatness, Spiritual)

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Home, Beliefs, Causes, Names)

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness of the human mind to take miracles as evidence, and to seek for miracles as evidence.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Mind, Miracles)

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.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Thought, Light, Spring, Sun)

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Journalism, Literature)

Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play, Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Nature, Control, Man, Mind, Play, Sons, Wind)

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Character, Culture, Perfection)

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Society, America)

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Poetry, Saying)

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Beauty, Life, Truth, Poetry, Criticism, Laws)

Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Misery)

Sad Patience, too near neighbour to despair.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Despair, Patience)

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.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Death, Friends)

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

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Age, Common sense)

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.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Love, Instinct, Liberty, Light, Man)

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Light, Perfection, Pursuit, Sweetness)

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, Emotion, Meaning)

To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Happiness, Being, Proof, Sense)

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Men, Truth, Dying)

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Knowledge, Gifts, Practice)

Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Heaven, Waiting)







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