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65 Famous Quotes by Matthew Arnold
12/24/1822 - 4/15/1888
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Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

Death Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Requiescat

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We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I do not know.

Life Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Sonnet to a Friend, said of Sophocles

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Youth dreams a bliss on this side of death. It dreams a rest, if not more deep, More grateful than this marble sleep; It hears a voice within it tell: Calm's not life's crown, though calm is well. 'Tis all perhaps which man acquires, But 'tis not what our youth desires.

Youth Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Youth and Calm (l. 19)

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The Greek word euphuia, a finely tempered nature, gives exactly the notion of perfection as culture brings us to perceive it; a harmonious perfection, a perfection in which the characters of beauty and intelligence are both present, which unites "the two noblest of things"--as Swift . . . most happily calls them in his Battle of the Books, "the two noblest of things, sweetness and light."

Sweetness Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Culture and Anarchy

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Christianity is a source; no one supply of water and refreshment that comes from it can be called the sum of Christianity. It is a mistake, and may lead to much error, to exhibit any series of maxims, even those of the Sermon on the Mount, as the ultimate sum and formula into which Christianity may be run up.

Christianity Quotes, by Matthew Arnold

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Culture is "To know the best that has been said and thought in the world."

Education Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Literature and Dogma (preface)

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Her cabin'd ample spirit, It fluttered and fail'd for breath; Tonight it doth inherit The vasty hall of death.

Death Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Requiescat

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Saw life steadily and saw it whole.

Life Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Sonnet to a Friend, said of Sophocles

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Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

Life Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Sonnet to a Friend, said of Sophocles

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With aching hands and bleeding feet We dig and heap, lay stone on stone; We bear the burden and the heat Of the long day, and wish 'twere done. Not till the hours of light return All we have built as we discern.

Life Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Morality (st. 2)

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This strange disease of modern life, With its sick hurry, its divided aims.

Life Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Scholar-Gypsy (st. 21)

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They live that they may eat, but he himself [Socrates] eats that he may live.

Life Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Sonnet to a Friend, said of Sophocles

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Hark! ah, the nightingale-- The tawny-throated! Hark from that moonlit cedar what a burst! What triumph! hark!--what pain! . . . . Again--thou hearest? Eternal passion! Eternal pain!

Nightingales Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Philomela (l. 32)

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Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he Who finds himself, loses his misery.

Self-knowledge Quotes, by Matthew Arnold

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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.

God Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: The Divinity (st. 3)

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What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

Death Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Requiescat

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What then remains, but that we still should cry Not to be born, or being born to die.

Death Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Requiescat

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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.

Love Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Dover Beach

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I met a preacher there I knew, and said, Ill and overworked, how fare you in this scene? Bravely! said he; for I of late have been Much cheered with thoughts of Christ, the living bread.

Preaching Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: East London

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And see all sights from pole to pole And glance, and nod, and bustle by, And never once possess our soul Before we die.

Soul Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: A Southern Night (st. 18)

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But each day brings from its pretty dust Our soon choked souls to fill.

Soul Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Switzerland (pt. VI)

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Wandering between two worlds, one dead, The other powerless to be born With nowhere yet to rest my head, Like these, on earth I wait forlorn.

World Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse

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Others abide our question. Thou art free. We ask and ask--Thou smilest and art still, Out-topping knowledge.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Shakespeare

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The kings of modern thought are dumb.

Thought Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Stanzas from the Grand Chartreuse

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Like driftwood spares which meet and pass Upon the boundless ocean-plain, So on the sea of life, alas! Man nears man, meets, and leaves again.

Meeting Quotes, by Matthew Arnold , Source: Terrace at Berne

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