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

Greatness is a spiritual condition. Matthew Arnold

Journalism is literature in a hurry. Matthew Arnold

Resolve to be thyself; and know that who finds himself, loses his misery. Matthew Arnold

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. Matthew Arnold

Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life. Matthew Arnold

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

One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common – discontent. Matthew Arnold

Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class. Matthew Arnold

That sweet city with her dreaming spires. Matthew Arnold (on Oxford)

Philistine must have originally meant, in the mind of those who invented the nickname, a strong, dogged, unenlightened opponent of the children of the light. Matthew Arnold