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Matthew Arnold Quotes

(1822-1888), British Poet, Critic

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

Category: America

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

Category: Baldness

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.

Category: Christians And Christianity

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.

Category: Class

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

Category: Colleges And Universities

Light half-believers of our casual creeds, who never deeply felt, nor clearly will d, whose insight never has borne fruit in deeds, whose vague resolves never have been fulfilled.

Category: Creeds

Culture, then, is a study of perfection, and perfection which insists on becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances.

Category: Culture

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.

Category: Culture

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

Category: Death And Dying

Unquiet souls. In the dark fermentation of earth, in the never idle workshop of nature, in the eternal movement, yea shall find yourselves again.

Category: Death And Dying

Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.

Category: Dreams

Greatness is a spiritual condition.

Category: Greatness

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.

Category: Growth

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

Category: Hope

Journalism is literature in a hurry.

Category: Journalism And Journalists