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Matthew Arnold Quotes and Sayings

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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

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greatness is a spiritual condition.
- Matthew Arnold

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

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

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
- Thomas Jefferson

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

If you want to change the culture, you will have to
start by changing the organization.
- Mary Douglas

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
- Tom Wolfe

I plant a lot of trees.
I am a great believer in planting things for future generations.
I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
- Penelope Keith

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.
- Juan Antonio Samaranch

I think it talks about that there needs to be some
proactive attack against drugs infiltrating our culture.
- Joe Morton

There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction.
Blue jeans.
Ready-made clothes.
Coca-Cola.
- Leslie Fiedler

Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television
doesn't influence our culture,
but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything
that relies on television.
- Val Kilmer

Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts,
and photography is in their blood.
- Herb Ritts

American culture is torn between our long romance with
violence and our terror of the devastation wrought
by war and crime and environmental havoc.
- Katherine Dunn

Your basic person wants to talk about material culture,
internet culture.
I think about God, cats, nature.
- Billy Corgan

Sex and drugs were simply not discussed in our culture at that time.
- Gloria Estefan

The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have
a need for what they don't have at all,
which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn
and a perverse obsession with youth.
- Joni Mitchell

A culture, we all know, is made by its cities.
- Derek Walcott

The second fundamental feature of culture is that all
culture has an element of striving.
- Johan Huizinga

Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe,
and about what 'was' and 'were,' we present Native
American culture as a living contemporary culture.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop culture.
And the music is colorless.
Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown,
yellow, red and white.
- Afrika Bambaataa

Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of
discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be
eliminated without changing culture.
- Charlotte Bunch

Culture is not a biologically transmitted complex.
- Ruth Benedict

America is the sum of all our journeys as we search
for our national community and our national culture.
- Paul Tsongas

The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread,
the thinner it gets.
- Alvin Toffler

This great, though disastrous, culture can only change
as we begin to stand off and see...
the inveterate materialism which has become the model
for cultures around the world.
- Arthur Erickson

I'm absolutely obsessed with The Jesus And Mary Chain and Patti Smith,
but I'm a massive pop fan.
I love pop culture, It's a total reflection of the zeitgeist.
- Siobhan Fahey

I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department.
Certainly I have made fewer enemies,
but that isn't very difficult.
- Arthur Miller

I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America,
but the business and administrative centre of American culture.
- Saul Bellow

Culture is the process by which a person becomes all
that they were created capable of being.
- Thomas Carlyle

The 1970s, the decade of my teenage years,
was a transitional period in American youth culture.
- Eric Allin Cornell

The diffusion of a universalist culture and of a pedagogy
of peace appears more than ever to be the path that
we must follow for the salvation of all nations on earth.
- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

From the subtle to the extreme, our culture and our
values are under unrelenting attack from the media.
- Tammy Bruce

I don't think you can in any way export culture with guns or tanks.
- Bernardo Bertolucci

But one of the most fantastic things about Ireland
and Dublin is that the pubs are like Paris and the cafe culture.
And Dublin, in many ways, is a pub culture.
- Hugh Dancy

It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead
end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.
- Greil Marcus

I plead for conservation of human culture,
which is much more fragile than nature herself.
We needn't destroy other cultures with the force of our own.
- Arthur Erickson


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