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Matthew Arnold Sayings: And we forget because we must and not because we will. And we forget because we must and not because we will.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection. Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: For this is the true strength of guilty kings, When they corrupt the souls of For this is the true strength of guilty kings, When they corrupt the souls of those they rule.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: The world hath failed to impart the joy our youth forebodes; failed to fill up The world hath failed to impart the joy our youth forebodes; failed to fill up the void which in our breasts we bear.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams know, Self-school'd, self-scann'd, self-honour'd, self-secure, Didst tread And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams know, Self-school'd, self-scann'd, self-honour'd, self-secure, Didst tread on earth unguess'd at. Better so! All pains the immortal spirit must endure, All weakness which impairs, all griefs which bow, Find their sole speech in that victorious brow.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: It does not try to reach down to the level of inferior classes; it does It does not try to reach down to the level of inferior classes; it does not try to win them for this or that sect of its own, with ready-made judgments and watchwords of its own. It seeks to away with classes, to make the best that has been taught and known in the world current everywhere, to make all men live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light, where they may use ideas, as it uses them itself, freely
nourished, and not bound by them.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Where great whales come sailing by, Sail and sail, with unshut eye, Round the world Where great whales come sailing by, Sail and sail, with unshut eye, Round the world for ever and aye.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Protestantism has the method of Jesus with His secret too much left out of mind; Protestantism has the method of Jesus with His secret too much left out of mind; Catholicism has His secret with His method too much left out of mind; neither has His unerring balance, His intuition, His sweet reasonableness. But both have hold of a great truth, and get from it a great power.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: The brave, impetuous heart yields everywhere to the subtle, contriving head. The brave, impetuous heart yields everywhere to the subtle, contriving head.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: A wanderer is man from his birth. He was born in a ship On the A wanderer is man from his birth. He was born in a ship On the breast of the river of Time.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Mind is a light which the Gods mock us with, To lead those false who Mind is a light which the Gods mock us with, To lead those false who trust it.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Spare me the whispering, crowded room, the friends who come and gape and go, the Spare me the whispering, crowded room, the friends who come and gape and go, the ceremonious air of gloom - all, which makes death a hideous show.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: The sea is calm tonight.The tide is full, the moon lies fairUpon the straits;- on The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits;- on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Religion is ethics heightened, enkindled, lit up by feeling Religion is ethics heightened, enkindled, lit up by feeling
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: For eager teachers seized my youth, pruned my faith and trimmed my fire. Showed me For eager teachers seized my youth, pruned my faith and trimmed my fire. Showed me the high, white star of truth, there bade me gaze and there aspire.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Morality represents for everybody a thoroughly definite and ascertained idea: the idea of human conduct Morality represents for everybody a thoroughly definite and ascertained idea: the idea of human conduct regulated in a certain manner.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Culture is the passion for sweetness and light, and (what is more) the passion for Culture is the passion for sweetness and light, and (what is more) the passion for making them prevail.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Most men in a brazen prison live, Where, in the sun's hot eye, With heads Most men in a brazen prison live, Where, in the sun's hot eye, With heads bent o'er their toil, they languidly Their lives to some unmeaning taskwork give, Dreaming of nought beyond their prison-wall.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: The man who to untimely death is doomed Vainly would hedge him in from the The man who to untimely death is doomed Vainly would hedge him in from the assault of harm; He bears the seed of ruin in himself.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: The Sea of FaithWas once, too, at the full, and round earth's shoreLay like the 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.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Choose equality. Choose equality.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Cutlure looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passion, - the passion Cutlure looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passion, - the passion for sweetness and light.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: In our English popular religion the common conception of a future state of bliss is In our English popular religion the common conception of a future state of bliss is that of ... a kind of perfected middle-class home, with labour ended, the table spread, goodness all around, the lost ones restored, hymnody incessant.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: He spoke, and loos'd our heart in tears. He laid us as we lay at He spoke, and loos'd our heart in tears. He laid us as we lay at birth On the cool flowery lap of earth.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Below the surface stream, shallow and light, Of what we say and feel below the Below the surface stream, shallow and light, Of what we say and feel below the stream, As light, of what we think we feel, there flows With noiseless current, strong, obscure and deep, The central stream of what we feel indeed.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: He will find one English book and one only, where, as in the "Iliad" itself, He will find one English book and one only, where, as in the "Iliad" itself, perfect plainness of speech is allied with perfect nobleness; and that book is the Bible.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: On Sundays, at the matin-chime, The Alpine peasants, two and three, Climb up here to On Sundays, at the matin-chime, The Alpine peasants, two and three, Climb up here to pray; Burghers and dames, at summer's prime, Ride out to church from Chamberry, Dight with mantles gay, But else it is a lonely time Round the Church of Brou.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Society may be imagined so uniform that one education shall be suitable for all its Society may be imagined so uniform that one education shall be suitable for all its members; we have not a society of that kind, nor has any European country.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: All pains the immortal spirit must endure,All weakness that impairs, all griefs that bow,Find their All pains the immortal spirit must endure,
All weakness that impairs, all griefs that bow,
Find their sole voice in that victorious brow.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: And that sweet city with her dreaming spires, She needs not June for beauty's heightening And that sweet city with her dreaming spires,
She needs not June for beauty's heightening ...
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Poetry interprets in two ways: it interprets by expressing, with magical felicity, the physiognomy and Poetry interprets in two ways: it interprets by expressing, with magical felicity, the physiognomy and movements of the outward world; and it interprets by expressing, with inspired conviction, the ideas and laws of the inward world of man's moral and spiritual nature. In other words, poetry is interpretative both by having natural magic in it, and by having moral profundity.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Indeed there can be no more useful help for discovering what poetry belongs to the Indeed there can be no more useful help for discovering what poetry belongs to the class of the truly excellent, and can therefore do us most good, than to have always in one's mind lines and expressions of the great masters, and to apply them as a touchstone to other poetry.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: However, if I shall live to be eighty I shall probably be the only person However, if I shall live to be eighty I shall probably be the only person left in England who reads anything but newspapers and scientific publications.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: The study of letters is the study of the operation of human force, of human The study of letters is the study of the operation of human force, of human freedom and activity; the study of nature is the study of the operation of non-human forces, of human limitation and passivity. The contemplation of human force and activity tends naturally to heighten our own force and activity; the contemplation of human limits and passivity tends rather to check it. Therefore the men who have had the humanistic training have played, and yet play, so prominent a part in human affairs, in spite of their prodigious ignorance of the universe.
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Beautiful city! ... spreading her gardens to the moonlight, and whispering from her towers the Beautiful city! ... spreading her gardens to the moonlight, and whispering from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Age ... her ineffable charm ... Adorable dreamer, whose heart has been so romantic!
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties! Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
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Matthew Arnold Sayings: O born in days when wits were fresh and clear, And life ran gaily as O born in days when wits were fresh and clear, And life ran gaily as the sparkling Thames; Before this strange disease of modern life, With its sick hurry, its divided aims, Its heads o'ertax'd, its palsied hearts, was rife.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Six years-six little years-six drops of time. Six years-six little years-six drops of time.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Eutrapelia . "A happy and gracious flexibility," Pericles calls this quality of the Athenians ... Eutrapelia . "A happy and gracious flexibility," Pericles calls this quality of the Athenians ... lucidity of thought, clearness and propriety of language, freedom from prejudice and freedom from stiffness, openness of mind, amiability of manners.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Culture is the endeavour to know the best and to make this knowledge prevail for Culture is the endeavour to know the best and to make this knowledge prevail for the good of all humankind.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: We must hold fast to the austere but true doctrine as to what really governs We must hold fast to the austere but true doctrine as to what really governs politics and saves or destroys states. Having in mind things true, things elevated, things just, things pure, things amiable, things of good report; having these in mind, studying and loving these, is what saves states.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: This strange disease of modern life,With its sick hurry, its divided aims. This strange disease of modern life,
With its sick hurry, its divided aims.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: The free thinking of one age is the common sense of the next. The free thinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: What is it to grow old? Is it to lose the glory of the form, What is it to grow old? Is it to lose the glory of the form, The lustre of the eye? Is it for Beauty to forego her wreath? Yes; but not this alone.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Man errs not that he deems His welfare his true aim, He errs because he Man errs not that he deems His welfare his true aim, He errs because he dreams The world does but exist that welfare to bestow.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Good poetry does undoubtedly tend to form the soul and character; it tends to beget Good poetry does undoubtedly tend to form the soul and character; it tends to beget a love of beauty and of truth in alliance together, it suggests, however indirectly, high and noble principles of action, and it inspires the emotion so helpful in making principles operative.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair. Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: The heart less bounding at emotion new, The hope, once crushed, less quick to spring The heart less bounding at emotion new, The hope, once crushed, less quick to spring again.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: I knew the mass of men conceal'd Their thoughts, for fear that if reveal'd They I knew the mass of men conceal'd Their thoughts, for fear that if reveal'd They would by other men be met With blank indifference.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Truth illuminates and gives joy; and it is by the bond of joy, not of Truth illuminates and gives joy; and it is by the bond of joy, not of pleasure, that men's spirits are indissolubly held.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: O strong soul, by what shore Tarriest thou now? For that force, Surely, has not O strong soul, by what shore Tarriest thou now? For that force, Surely, has not been left vain!
Matthew Arnold Sayings: No, thou art come too late, Empedocles!And the world hath the day, and must break No, thou art come too late, Empedocles!
And the world hath the day, and must break thee,
Not thou the world. With men thou canst not live,
Their thoughts, their ways, their wishes, are not thine;
And being lonely thou art miserable,
For something has impair'd they spirit's strength,
And dried its self-sufficing font of joy.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: At the present moment two things about the Christian religion must surely be clear to At the present moment two things about the Christian religion must surely be clear to anybody with eyes in his head. One is, that men cannot do without it; the other, that they cannot do with it as it is.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Dreams dawn and fly: friends smile and die, Like spring flowers. Our vaunted life is Dreams dawn and fly: friends smile and die, Like spring flowers. Our vaunted life is one long funeral. Men dig graves, with bitter tears, For their dead hopes; and all, Mazed with doubts, and sick with fears, Count the hours.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: We mortal millions live alone. We mortal millions live alone.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: And they see, for a moment,Stretching out, like the desertIn its weary, unprofitable length, Their And they see, for a moment,
Stretching out, like the desert
In its weary, unprofitable length,
Their faded ignoble lives.

While the locks are yet brown on thy head,
While the soul still looks through thine eyes,
While the heart still pours
The mantling blood to thy cheek,
Sink, O Youth, in thy soul!
Yearn to the greatness of Nature!
Rally the good in the depths of thyself.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: And as long as the world lasts, all who want to make progress in righteousness And as long as the world lasts, all who want to make progress in righteousness will come to Israel for inspiration, as to the people who have had the sense for righteousness most glowing and strongest; and in hearing and reading the words Israel has uttered for us, carers for conduct will find a glow and a force they could find nowhere else.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I do not know.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: That which in England we call the middle class is in America virtually the nation. That which in England we call the middle class is in America virtually the nation.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur. Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of 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.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: The power of the Latin classic is in character , that of the Greek is The power of the Latin classic is in character , that of the Greek is in beauty . Now character is capable of being taught, learnt, and assimilated: beauty hardly.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: No, no! The energy of life may be Kept on after the grave, but not No, no! The energy of life may be Kept on after the grave, but not begun; And he who flagg'd not in the earthly strife, From strength to strength advancing
only he His soul well-knit, and all his battles won, Mounts, and that hardly, to eternal life.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: English civilization the humanizing, the bringing into one harmonious and truly humane life, of the English civilization the humanizing, the bringing into one harmonious and truly humane life, of the whole body of English society that is what interests me.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: What really dissatisfies in American civilisation is the want of the interesting, a want due What really dissatisfies in American civilisation is the want of the interesting, a want due chiefly to the want of those two great elements of the interesting, which are elevation and beauty.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Culture looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passionthe passion for sweetness Culture looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passion
the passion for sweetness and light. It has one even yet greater, the passion for making them all prevail. It is not satisfied till we all come to a perfect man; it knows that the sweetness and light of the few must be imperfect until the raw and unkindly masses of humanity are touched with sweetness and light.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: And amongst us one, Who most has suffer'd, takes dejectedly His seat upon the intellectual And amongst us one, Who most has suffer'd, takes dejectedly His seat upon the intellectual throne.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: But thou, my son, study to make prevail One colour in thy life, the hue But thou, my son, study to make prevail One colour in thy life, the hue of truth.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: In mystery our soul abides. In mystery our soul abides.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: They ... who awaitNo gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate. They ... who await
No gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Miracles are doomed; they will drop out like fairies and witchcraft, from ... Miracles are doomed; they will drop out like fairies and witchcraft, from ...
Matthew Arnold Sayings: And we forget because we must And we forget because we must
Matthew Arnold Sayings: On the breast of that huge Mississippi of falsehood called History, a foam-bell more or On the breast of that huge Mississippi of falsehood called History, a foam-bell more or less is no consequence.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: But there remains the question: what righteousness really is. The method and secret and sweet But there remains the question: what righteousness really is. The method and secret and sweet reasonableness of Jesus.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Know, man hath all which Nature hath, but more, And in that more lie all Know, man hath all which Nature hath, but more, And in that more lie all his hopes of good.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Unquiet souls. In the dark fermentation of earth, in the never idle workshop of nature, Unquiet souls. In the dark fermentation of earth, in the never idle workshop of nature, in the eternal movement, yea shall find yourselves again.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: The eternal not ourselves that makes for righteousness. The eternal not ourselves that makes for righteousness.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Waiting from heaven for the spark to fall. Waiting from heaven for the spark to fall.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: But the modern critic not only permits a false practice: he absolutely prescribes false aims." But the modern critic not only permits a false practice: he absolutely prescribes false aims." A true allegory of the state of one's mind in a representative history," the poet is told, "is perhaps the highest thing that one can attempt in the way of poetry.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Truth sits upon the lips of dying men. Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Religionthat voice of the deepest human experience. Religion
that voice of the deepest human experience.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Weary of myself, and sick of asking What I am, and what I ought to Weary of myself, and sick of asking
What I am, and what I ought to be,
At this vessel's prow I stand, which bears me
Forwards, forwards, o'er the starlit sea.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: And we are here as on a darkling plainSwept with confused alarms of struggle and 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 Sayings: God's Wisdom and God's Goodness!Ah, but fools Mis-define thee, till God knows them no more. God's Wisdom and God's Goodness!
Ah, but fools Mis-define thee, till God knows them no more. Wisdom and goodness they are God!
what schools Have yet so much as heard this simpler lore. This no Saint preaches, and this no Church rules: 'Tis in the desert, now and heretofore.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Culture is both an intellectual phenomenon and a moral one Culture is both an intellectual phenomenon and a moral one
Matthew Arnold Sayings: And see all sights from pole to pole, And glance, and nod, and hustle by; And see all sights from pole to pole, And glance, and nod, and hustle by; And never once possess our soul Before we die.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Onlybut this is rareWhen a beloved hand is laid in ours,When, jaded with the rush Only
but this is rare
When a beloved hand is laid in ours,
When, jaded with the rush and glare
Of the interminable hours,
Our eyes can in another's eyes read clear,
When our world-deafen'd ear
Is by the tones of a loved voice caress'd
A bolt is shot back somewhere in our breast,
And a lost pulse of feeling stirs again.
The eye sinks inward, and the heart lies plain,
And what we mean, we say, and what we would, we know.
A man becomes aware of his life's flow,
And hears its winding murmur; and he sees
The meadows where it glides, the sun, the breeze.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: If an historian be an unbeliever in all heroism, if he be a man who If an historian be an unbeliever in all heroism, if he be a man who brings every thing down to the level of a common mediocrity, depend upon it, the truth is not found in such a writer.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Art still has truth. Take refuge there. Art still has truth. Take refuge there.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: To thee only God granted A heart ever new: To all always open; To all To thee only God granted A heart ever new: To all always open; To all always true.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: The best poetry will be found to have a power of forming, sustaining, and delighting The best poetry will be found to have a power of forming, sustaining, and delighting us, as nothing else can.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Coldly, sadly descends The autumn evening. The Field Strewn with its dank yellow drifts Of Coldly, sadly descends The autumn evening. The Field Strewn with its dank yellow drifts Of wither'd leaves, and the elms, Fade into dimness apace, Silent; hardly a shout From a few boys late at their play!
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Was Christ a man like us?-Ah! let us try If we then, too, can be Was Christ a man like us?-Ah! let us try If we then, too, can be such men as he!
Matthew Arnold Sayings: One must, I think, be struck more and more the longer one lives, to find One must, I think, be struck more and more the longer one lives, to find how much in our present society a man's life of each day depends for its solidity and value upon whether he reads during that day, and far more still on what he reads during it.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: What actions are the most excellent? Those, certainly, which most powerfully appeal to the great What actions are the most excellent? Those, certainly, which most powerfully appeal to the great primary human affections: to those elementary feelings which subsist permanently in the race, and which are independent of time. These feelings are permanent and the same; that which interests them is permanent and the same also.
Matthew Arnold Sayings: Nothing could moderate, in the bosom of the great English middle class, their passionate, absorbing, Nothing could moderate, in the bosom of the great English middle class, their passionate, absorbing, almost blood-thirsty clinging to life.