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Sad Patience, too near neighbor to despair.
 

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.
 

Spare me the whispering, crowded room, the friends who come and gape and go, the ceremonious air of gloom - all, which makes death a hideous show.
 

Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.
 

Style...is a peculiar recasting and heightening, under a certain condition of spiritual excitement, of what a man has to say, in such a manner as to add dignity and distinction to it.
 

That which in England we call the middle class is in America virtually the nation.
 

The best poetry will be found to have a power of forming, sustaining, and delighting us, as nothing else can.
 

The crown of literature is poetry.
 

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
 

The governing idea of Hellenism is spontaneity of consciousness; that of Hebraism, strictness of conscience.
 

The grand style arises in poetry, when a noble nature, poetically gifted, treats with simplicity or with severity a serious subject.
 

The kings of modern thought are dumb.
 

The men of culture are the true apostles of equality.
 

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
 

The nice sense of measure is certainly not one of Nature's gifts to her English children ... we have all of us yielded to infatuation at some moment of our lives.
 

The notion of the free play of the mind upon all subjects being a pleasure in itself, being an object of desire, being an essential provider of elements without which a nation's spirit, whatever compensations it may have for them, must, in the long run, die of inanition, hardly enters into an Englishman's thoughts.
 

The power of the Latin classic is in character, that of the Greek is in beauty. Now character is capable of being taught, learnt, and assimilated: beauty hardly.
 

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God prevail. He who works for machinery, he who works for hatred, works only for confusion. Culture looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passion, the passion for sweetness and light.
 

The same heart beats in every human breast.
 

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
 


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