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Walter Pater Quotes and Sayings

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Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself,
is the end.
- Walter Pater

Related topics: Experience

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

A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated,
dramatic life.
How may we see in them all that is to to be seen in
them by the finest senses?
- Walter Pater

All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
- Walter Pater

 

To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant
modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.
- Walter Pater

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and
poetry to define beauty in the abstract,
to express it in the most general terms,
to find some universal formula for it.
- Walter Pater

Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view,
instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up
what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
- Walter Pater

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To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame,
to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
- Walter Pater

Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing
but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.
- Walter Pater

That sense of a life in natural objects,
which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice,
was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was
for him almost literal fact.
- Walter Pater

The Renaissance of the fifteenth century was,
in many things, great rather by what it designed that by what it achieved.
- Walter Pater

The various forms of intellectual activity which together
make up the culture of an age,
move for the most part from different starting-points,
and by unconnected roads.
- Walter Pater

The service of philosophy, of speculative culture,
towards the human spirit, is to rouse,
to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation.
- Walter Pater

Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what
has been well done in art or poetry,
to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them,
or to use words like beauty, excellence,
art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have.
- Walter Pater

No account of the Renaissance can be complete without
some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian
scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity
with the religion of ancient Greece.
- Walter Pater

Great passions may give us a quickened sense of life,
ecstasy and sorrow of love, the various forms of enthusiastic activity,
disinterested or otherwise, which comes naturally to many of us.
- Walter Pater

In a sense it might even be said that our failure is to form habits:
for,
after all, habit is relative to a stereotyped world,
and meantime it is only the roughness of the eye that makes two persons,
things, situations, seem alike.
- Walter Pater

A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things,
which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier,
less developed consciousness passed lightly by,
is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry.
- Walter Pater

Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us,
and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing on their ways,
is, on this short day of frost and sun,
to sleep before evening.
- Walter Pater

At first sight experience seems to bury us under a
flood of external objects,
pressing upon us with a sharp and importunate reality,
calling us out of ourselves in a thousand forms of action.
- Walter Pater

What is important, then, is not that the critic should
possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect,
but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being
deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects.
- Walter Pater

With this sense of the splendour of our experience
and of its awful brevity,
gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch,
we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch.
- Walter Pater

One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that
in the sixth book of Confessions,
where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense.
Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty,
the love of art for its own sake, has most.
- Walter Pater

Experience, already reduced to a group of impressions,
is ringed round for each one of us by that thick wall
of personality through which no real voice has ever
pierced on its way to us,
or from us to that which we can only conjecture to be without.
- Walter Pater

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran PHOTO

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau


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