Thomas Arnold Quotes (25 quotes)
“My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.”
Letter accepting appointment as headmaster of Rugby; in Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
“One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.”
The life and correspondence of Thomas Arnold, D.D.: late head master of Rugby school, and regius professor of modern history in the University of Oxford (1844 edition)
“As of rioting, the old Roman way of dealing with that is always the right one; flog the rank and file, and fling the ring-leaders from the Tarpeian rock.”
Quoted by Matthew Arnold, Cornhill Magazine, August 1868
“The distinction between Christianity and all other systems of religion consists largely in this, that in these other, men are found seeking after God, while Christianity is God seeking after man.”
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 133.
“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.”
As quoted in: "Many Thoughts of Many Minds: Being a Treasury of Reference Consisting of Selections from the Writings of the Most Celebrated Authors" (1862), p. 14
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Arnold
Born: June 13, 1795
Died: June 12, 1842 (aged 46)
Bio: Dr Thomas Arnold was a British educator and historian. Arnold was an early supporter of the Broad Church Anglican movement. He was headmaster of Rugby School from 1828 to 1841, where he introduced a number of reforms.