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