By Matthew Arnold 

From the Preface to Culture and Anarchy



"The whole scope of the essay is to recommend culture as the great help out of our present difficulties; culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world, and, through this knowledge, turning a stream of fresh and free thought upon our stock notions and habits, which we now follow staunchly but mechanically, vainly imagining that there is a virtue in following them staunchly which makes up for the mischief of following them mechanically."




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dott Print text Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
Interesting... provokes my thoughts, for sure.

Merci :)

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A wonderfully erudite description of culture. I find it curious that you could strike the word “culture” and insert “spirituality “ seamlessly.