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April 5, 2016

Quotations by Mathew Arnold


MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822-1888), ENGLISH POET AND CRITIC OF THE VICTORIAN ERA

“The sea of faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.”
~ Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

“Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.”
~ Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

 “For what can give a finer example of that frankness and manly self- confidence which our great public schools, and none of them so much as Eton, are supposed to inspire, of that buoyant ease in holding up one's head, speaking out what is in one's mind, and flinging off all sheepishness and awkwardness, than to see an Eton assistant-master offering in fact himself as evidence that to combine boarding-house- keeping with teaching is a good thing, and his brother as evidence that to train and race little boys for competitive examinations is a good thing?”
~Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy

“Time gives his hour-glass
Its due reversal.
Their hour is gone.”
~ Matthew Arnold, Consolation

 “But each day brings its petty dust
Our soon-chok'd souls to fill,
And we forget because we must,
And not because we will.”
~ Matthew Arnold, Absence

“But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us, to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.”
~ Matthew Arnold, The Buried Life

“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.”
~ Matthew Arnold, Literature & Dogma

“Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines, and Populace; and America is just ourselves, with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.”
~ Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy

“The men of culture are the true apostles of equality.”
~ Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy

“Alas! is even love too weak
To unlock the heart, and let it speak?”
~ Matthew Arnold, The Buried Life

“And long we try in vain to speak and act
Our hidden self, and what we say and do
Is eloquent, is well -- but 'tis not true!”
~ Matthew Arnold, The Buried Life

 ''The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.''
~ Matthew Arnold, Literature and Dogma

 ''One has often wondered whether upon the whole earth there is anything so unintelligent, so unapt to perceive how the world is really going, as an ordinary young Englishman of our upper class.''
~ Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy

 ''The discipline of the Old Testament may be summed up as a discipline teaching us to abhor and flee from sin; the discipline of the New Testament, as a discipline teaching us to die to it.''
~ Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy

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