Matthew Arnold Quotes

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Not deep the Poet sees, but wide.

poets

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
— Matthew Arnold

journalism

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

truth death

Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life.

poetry

The same heart beats in every human breast.
— Matthew Arnold
With women, the heart argues, not the mind.

women

Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.
— Matthew Arnold
Bald as the bare mountaintops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself loses his misery.
— Matthew Arnold
Resolve to be thyself; and know, that he
Who finds himself, loses his misery.
— Matthew Arnold

be yourself the self inner peace

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.

style

The seeds of godlike power are in us still:
Gods we are, bards, saints, heroes, if we will!

potential

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.
— Matthew Arnold
His expression may often be called bald...but it is bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.

poets

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
Culture is acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit.
— Matthew Arnold
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.

culture

I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavor to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.

criticism

Culture is then properly described not as having its origin in curiosity, but as having its origin in the love of perfection.  It is a study in perfection.

culture perfection

Greatness is a spiritual condition worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration; and the outward proof of possessing greatness is that we excite love, interest and admiration.
— Matthew Arnold

greatness

Religion, if we follow the intention of human thought and language, is ethics heightened, enkindled, lit up by feeling; the passage from morality is made, when to morality is applied emotion,  And the true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.

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