Quotes by Matthew Arnold

Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
– Matthew Arnold
Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
– Matthew Arnold
But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will.
– Matthew Arnold
Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.
– Matthew Arnold
Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.
– Matthew Arnold
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
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
Greatness is a spiritual condition.
– Matthew Arnold
Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
– Matthew Arnold
It is so small a think to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.
– Matthew Arnold
Journalism is literature in a hurry.
– Matthew Arnold
Light half-believers of our casual creeds, who never deeply felt, nor clearly will d, whose insight never has borne fruit in deeds, whose vague resolves never have been fulfilled.
– Matthew Arnold
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
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.
– Matthew Arnold
Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.
– Matthew Arnold
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
– Matthew Arnold
The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
– Matthew Arnold
The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
– Matthew Arnold
The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
– Matthew Arnold
The working-class is now issuing from its hiding-place to assert an Englishman's heaven-born privilege of doing as he likes, and is beginning to perplex us by marching where it likes, meeting where it likes, bawling what it likes, breaking what it likes.
– Matthew Arnold