"Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Matthew Arnold on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Matthew Arnold on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Matthew Arnold on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Matthew Arnold on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Matthew Arnold on Robert Frost
"The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next."
"Poetry a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty."
"To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive."
"Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge."
"Truth sits upon the lips of dying men."