"Experience, already reduced to a group of impressions, is ringed round for each one of us by that thick wall of personality through which no real voice has ever pierced on its way to us, or from us to that which we can only conjecture to be without."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Walter Pater on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Walter Pater on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Walter Pater on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Walter Pater on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Walter Pater on Mark Twain
"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music."
"Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us, and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing on their ways, is, on this short day of frost and sun, to sleep before evening."
"Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it."
"Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have."
"What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect, but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects."