Matthew Arnold Quotes

Culture, then, is a study of perfection, and perfection which insists on becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances.
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Culture and Anarchy, ch. 1 (1869).
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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 (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Culture and Anarchy, ch. 2 (1869).
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The sea is calm to-night. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits;—
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Dover Beach (l. 1-3). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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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;
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Dover Beach (l. 29-34). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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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 (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Dover Beach, st. 3 (1867).
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Sophocles long ago Heard it on the Aegaean, and it brought Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow Of human misery; we Find also in the sound a thought, Hearing it by this distant northern sea.
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Dover Beach (l. 15-20). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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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 (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Dover Beach (l. 35-37). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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The day in his hotness, The strife with the palm; The night in her silence, The stars in their calm . . .
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Empedocles on Etna (l. 61-64). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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In the moonlight the shepherds, Soft lull'd by the rills, Lie wrapt in their blankets Asleep on the hills.
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Empedocles on Etna (l. 17-20). . . Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Essays in Criticism, preface, First Series (1865). Referring to Oxford University; see Arnold's comment on "cities."
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