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Goldwin Smith Quotes

Above all nations is humanity.

America is supposed to be given over to ugliness. There are a good many ugly things there and the ugliest are the most pretentious.

Art is expression, and to have high expression you must have something high to express.

As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper.

But if anyone supposes that there was no commercial fraud in the Middle Ages, let him study the commercial legislation of England for that period, and his mind will be satisfied, if he has a mind to be satisfied and not only a fancy to run away with him.

Dante himself is open to the suspicion of partiality: it is said, not without apparent ground, that he puts into hell all the enemies of the political cause, which, in his eyes, was that of Italy and God.

Every one who has a heart, however ignorant of architecture he may be, feels the transcendent beauty and poetry of the mediaeval churches.

I heard Thackeray thank Heaven for the purity of Dickens. I thanked Heaven for the purity of a greater than Dickens - Thackeray himself.

If it were a real effort to live in the Middle Ages, your life would be one perpetual prevarication.

It is evident that in the period designated as that of the kings, when Rome commenced her career of conquest, she was, for that time and country, a great and wealthy city.

It is needless to say how great has been the influence of the doctrine of Evolution, or rather perhaps of the method of investigation to which it has given birth, upon the study of history, especially the history of institutions.

Never had there been such an attempt to make conquest the servant of civilization. About keeping India there is no question. England has a real duty there.

No student of history can fail to see the moral interest of the Middle Ages, any more than an artist can fail to see their aesthetic interest.

Personality is lower than partiality.

Rome was great in arms, in government, in law.

That Rome was comparatively great and wealthy is certain.

The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke.

The materials of the novelist must be real; they must be gathered from the field of humanity by his actual observation.

The natural barriers between England and Scotland were not sufficient to prevent the extension of the Saxon settlements and kingdoms across the border.

The novelist must ground his work in faithful study of human nature.