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

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

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.
- 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

Poetry is simply the most beautiful,
impressive,
and widely effective mode of saying things.
- Matthew Arnold

 

Sad Patience, too near neighbour to despair.
- Matthew Arnold

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming,
is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.
- Matthew Arnold

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed
for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
- Matthew Arnold

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Greatness is a spiritual condition.
- Matthew Arnold

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection;
it is a study of perfection.
- Matthew Arnold

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold

To have the sense of creative activity is the great
happiness and the great proof of being alive.
- Matthew Arnold

Still bent to make some port he knows not where,
still standing for some false impossible shore.
- Matthew Arnold

Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall.
- Matthew Arnold

Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
- Matthew Arnold

Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.
- Matthew Arnold

The true meaning of religion is thus,
not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
- Matthew Arnold

And we forget because we must and not because we will.
- Matthew Arnold

Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald,
with a baldness full of grandeur.
- Matthew Arnold

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
- Matthew Arnold

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs,
and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
- 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

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
- Matthew Arnold

Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play,
Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away.
- Matthew Arnold

France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.
- Matthew Arnold

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness
of the human mind to take miracles as evidence,
and to seek for miracles as evidence.
- Matthew Arnold

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun,
to have lived light in the spring, to have loved,
to have thought, to have done.
- Matthew Arnold

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

Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
- Matthew Arnold

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged;
practice what you know,
and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
- 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

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit
which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
- Henry David Thoreau

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase:
if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
- C. P. Snow

Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole.
- Aristophanes

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity
in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
- Albert Einstein

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit
that still carries any reward.
- John Maynard Keynes

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have
been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit
of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.
- Max Planck

In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns,
the political system is simply unable to function.
Its deliberative powers are paralyzed.
- John Rawls

Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality.
It's part of the sizzle.
- Camille Paglia

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
- Guillaume Apollinaire

When others stood idly by, you and your families gave your all,
in defence of a risen people and in pursuit of Irish freedom and unity.
- Gerry Adams

A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is
the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge.
- B. H. Liddell Hart

Truth, also is the pursuit of it.
- George Oppen

Just stop for a minute and you'll realize you're happy just being.
I think it's the pursuit that screws up happiness.
If we drop the pursuit, it's right here.
- James Hillman

Your ability to communicate is an important tool in
your pursuit of your goals,
whether it is with your family, your co-workers or
your clients and customers.
- Les Brown

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Humanity is the keystone that holds nations and men together.
When that collapses, the whole structure crumbles.
This is as true of baseball teams as any other pursuit in life.
- Connie Mack

Manhattan is a narrow island off the coast of New Jersey
devoted to the pursuit of lunch.
- Raymond Sokolov

There are few things more amusing in the world of politics
than watching moderate Republicans charging to the
right in pursuit of greater glory.
- Mario Cuomo

I think government has a major role to play in helping
us with the pursuit of happiness.
- William Weld

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge,
never fearing to follow truth and reason
to whatever results they led,
and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
- Thomas Jefferson

Lies are essential to humanity.
They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure
and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.
- Marcel Proust

I and my colleagues here have been engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.
- Frederick Sanger

It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving -
as if it were an individual person -
its own ends.
History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.
- Karl Marx

And the fifteenth century was an impassioned age,
so ardent and serious in its pursuit of art that it
consecrated everything with which art had to ad as a religious object.
- Walter Pater

The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love:
my wife,
my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The pursuit, even of the best things,
ought to be calm and tranquil.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Better to die in the pursuit of civilized values,
we believed, than in a flight underground.
We were offering a value system couched in the language of science.
- John Charles Polanyi

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is
a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune;
but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

For the freedoms our founding fathers not only dreamed about,
but made into reality.
It is that same pursuit of freedom today that is helping
to make our world a safer place.
- John M. McHugh

I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit
of fundamental questions.
- David Antin

I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled
to the inalienable right to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Victoria Woodhull

Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth,
wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit
and attainment is always security and order.
- Johan Huizinga

Perfectionism is not a quest for the best.
It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves,
the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough -
that we should try again.
- Julia Cameron

Wit is a weapon.
Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority.
But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin,
usually in solitude.
- Frank Muir

The pursuit of happiness is in our Constitution.
We're all entitled to have the best we can.
- Loretta Swit

One has to devote oneself to a particular pursuit.
To be successful at anything, you have to make a total commitment to it.
- Donald Johanson

Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind,
and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people.
- Jinato Hu


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