Matthew Arnold Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Matthew Arnold quotes, Matthew Arnold sayings, and Matthew Arnold proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Poetry is, at bottom, a criticism of life. Matthew Arnold
They... who await No gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate. Matthew Arnold
Greatness is a spiritual condition. Matthew Arnold
Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery. Matthew Arnold
Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery. Matthew Arnold
The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. Matthew Arnold
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance. Matthew Arnold
Calm's not life's crown, though calm is well. Matthew Arnold
Journalism is literature in a hurry. Matthew Arnold
Wandering between two worlds, one dead, The other powerless to be born. Matthew Arnold
Sanity that is the great virtue of the ancient literature; the want of that is the great defect of the modern, in spite of its variety and power. Matthew Arnold
Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class. Matthew Arnold
France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme. Matthew Arnold
Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern. Matthew Arnold
Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall. 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
Thou waitest for the spark from heaven! and we, Light half-believers in our casual creeds? Who hesitate and falter life away, And lose tomorrow the ground won today Ah, do not we,Wanderer, await it too? Matthew Arnold
Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class. Matthew Arnold
Resolve to be thyself; and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery. Matthew Arnold
When youth has done its tedious vain expense of passions that for ever ebb and flow. Matthew Arnold
Singing most joyfully. Hark what she sings Matthew Arnold
The sea of faith / Was once, too, at the full and round earth's shore / Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled / But now I only hear / Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar. Matthew Arnold
Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines, and Populace; and the America is just ourselves, with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly. Matthew Arnold
No horse's cry was that, most like the roar / Of some pained desert lion, who all day / Hath trailed the hunter's javelin in his side, / And comes at night to die upon the sand. 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
The seeds of godlike power are in us still; Gods we are, bards, saints, heroes, if we will! Matthew Arnold
The bloom is gone, and with the bloom go I! Matthew Arnold
The same heartbeats in every human breast. Matthew Arnold