The Forsaken Merman’ Plus 18 Timeless Matthew Arnold Poetry, Love And Life Quotes.

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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,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Up the still, glistening beaches,
Up the creeks we will hie,
Over banks of bright seaweed
The ebb-tide leaves dry.
We will gaze, from the sand-hills,
At the white, sleeping town;
At the church on the hill-side—
And then come back down.
Singing: “There dwells a loved one,
But cruel is she!
She left lonely for ever
The kings of the sea.


Matthew Arnold was born on December 24, 1822 in Laleham, Middlesex, England.

He was an English Victorian poet and literary and social critic, noted especially for his classical attacks on the contemporary tastes and manners of the “Barbarians” (the aristocracy), the “Philistines” (the commercial middle class), and the “Populace.” He became the apostle of “culture” in such works as Culture and Anarchy (1869). He died on April 15, 1888 in Liverpool.

18 Matthew Arnold quotes:

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

2. Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

3. Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.-

4. To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.

5. The free thinking of one age is the common sense of the next.

6. We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I do not know.

7. Journalism is literature in a hurry.

8. Choose equality.

9. And each day brings it’s pretty dust,
Our soon-choked souls to fll
And we forget because we must,
And not because we will.

10. Art still has truth. Take refuge there.


11. If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.

12. Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit.

13. Is it so small a thing
To have enjoy’d the sun,
To have liv’d light in the spring,
To have lov’d, to have thought, to have done;

14. That we must feign a bliss
Of doubtful future date,
And, while we dream on this,
Lose all our present state,
And relegate to worlds yet distant our repose?

15. Wandering between two worlds, one dead
The other powerless to be born,
With nowhere yet to rest my head
Like these, on earth I wait forlorn.

16. Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longings of the day.

17. Weary of myself, and sick of asking
What I am, and what I ought to be,
At this vessel’s prow I stand, which bears me
Forwards, forwards, o’er the starlit sea.

18. Ah, love, let us be true,
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

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