Matthew Arnold Quotes (228 quotes)
The Works of Matthew Arnold (1995 edition), Wordsworth Editions Limited - ISBN: 9781853264269
Literature and Dogma (1873), ch. 1.
“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
“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.”
The Functions of Criticism at the Present Time (1864)
The Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold (2005 edition), Kessinger Publishing - ISBN: 9781417934065
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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.