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All this I bear, for, what I seek, I know: Peace, peace is what I seek, and public calm: Endless extinction of unhappy hates.
—  Matthew Arnold
He spoke, and loos'd our heart in tears. He laid us as we lay at birth On the cool flowery lap of earth.
—  Matthew Arnold
Nature's great law, and the law of all men's minds? To its own impulse every creature stirs: Live by thy light, and Earth will live by hers.
—  Matthew Arnold
Years hence, perhaps, may dawn an age, More fortunate, alas! than we, Which without hardness will be sage, And gay without frivolity.
—  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
A wanderer is man from his birth. He was born in a ship On the breast of the river of Time.
—  Matthew Arnold
Conduct is three-fourths of life and its largest concern.
—  Matthew Arnold
Nature herself seems, I say, to take the pen out of his hand, and to write for him with her own bare, sheer, penetrating power.
—  Matthew Arnold
For this is the true strength of guilty kings, When they corrupt the souls of those they rule.
—  Matthew Arnold
The will is free; Strong is the soul, and wise, and beautiful; The seeds of godlike power are in us still; Gods are we, bards, saints, heroes, if we will!
—  Matthew Arnold
Time may restore us in his course Goethe's sage mind and Byron's force: But where will Europe's latter hour Again find Wordsworth's healing power?
—  Matthew Arnold
Too fast we live, too much are tried, Too harass'd, to attain Wordsworth's sweet calm, or Goethe's wide And luminous view to gain.
—  Matthew Arnold
We do not what we ought; What we ought not, we do; And lean upon the thought That chance will bring us through; But our own acts, for good or ill, are mightier powers.
—  Matthew Arnold
Resolve to find thyself; and to know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
—  Matthew Arnold
His expression may often be called bald ... but it is bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
—  Matthew Arnold
But each day brings its petty dust Our soon-chok'd souls to fill, And we forget because we must, And not because we will.
—  Matthew Arnold
Philistine must have originally meant, in the mind of those who invented the nickname, a strong, dogged, unenlightened opponent of the chosen people, of the children of the light.
—  Matthew Arnold
The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
—  Matthew Arnold
With close-lipp'd Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbour to Despair.
—  Matthew Arnold
I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavor to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.
—  Matthew Arnold
This strange disease of modern life, With its sick hurry.
—  Matthew Arnold
Force and right are the governors of this world; force till right is ready.
—  Matthew Arnold
When Byron's eyes were shut in death, We bow'd our head and held our breath. He taught us little; but our soul Had felt his like a thunder roll ... We watch'd the fount of fiery life Which serv'd for that Titanic life.
—  Matthew Arnold

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