Matthew Arnold Quotes (228 quotes)
“The East bow'd low before the blast, In patient, deep disdain. She let the legions thunder past, And plunged in thought again.”
As quoted in: The Living Age, Volume 105 (1870), p. 236, "From the Spectator: A Buddhist Matthew Arnold"
“A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.”
On Percy Bysshe Shelley, in Byron. - Essays in Criticism, second series (1888)
“Where great whales come sailing by,
Sail and sail, with unshut eye,
Round the world for ever and aye?
When did music come this way?
Children dear, was it yesterday?”
The Forsaken Merman (1849)
“Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.”
Paraphrase. Original: "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 of perfection." From: "Culture and Anarchy: An Essay in Political and Social Criticism" (1869), p. 8
“Wandering between two worlds, one dead,
The other powerless to be born,
With nowhere yet to rest my head,
Like these, on earth I wait forlorn.”
Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse (1855), st. 15.
“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.”
Act I, sc. ii. - Empedocles on Etna (1852)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsMatthew Arnold
Born: December 24, 1822
Died: April 15, 1888 (aged 65)
Bio: Matthew Arnold was a British poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator.
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