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I am a Liberal, yet I am a Liberal tempered by experience, reflexion, and renouncement, and I am, above all, a believer in culture.
 

I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.
 

I am past thirty, and three parts iced over.
 

I keep saying, Shakspeare, Shakspeare, you are as obscure as life is.
 

Inequality has the natural and necessary effect, under the present circumstances, of materializing our upper class, vulgarizing our middle class, and brutalizing our lower class.
 

Is it 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?
[Forgiveness]
 

It is a very great thing to be able to think as you like; but, after all, an important question remains: what you think.
 

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness of the human mind to take miracles as evidence, and to seek for miracles as evidence.
 

It is important, therefore, to hold fast to this: that poetry is at bottom a criticism of life; that the greatness of a poet lies in his powerful and beautiful application of ideas to life - to the question: How to live.
 

It is so small a think to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.
 

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
 

Nations are not truly great solely because the individuals composing them are numerous, free, and active; but they are great when these numbers, this freedom, and this activity are employed in the service of an ideal higher than that of an ordinary man, taken by himself.
 

Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play, Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away.
[Nature]
 

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

One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common - discontent.
[Discontent]
 

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines, and Populace; and America is just ourselves, with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
 

Peace, peace is what I seek and public calm, Endless extinction of unhappy hates.
 

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive and wisely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.
[Applause]
 

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
 

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
[Resolve]
 


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