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Walter Pater Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Walter Pater.

Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself,
is the end.
- Walter Pater

Related topics: Experience

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.
- Walter Pater

Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing
but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.
- Walter Pater

The Renaissance of the fifteenth century was,
in many things, great rather by what it designed that by what it achieved.
- Walter Pater

 

The various forms of intellectual activity which together
make up the culture of an age,
move for the most part from different starting-points,
and by unconnected roads.
- Walter Pater

And the fifteenth century was an impassioned age,
so ardent and serious in its pursuit of art that it
consecrated everything with which art had to ad as a religious object.
- Walter Pater

To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame,
to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
- Walter Pater

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant
modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.
- Walter Pater

The service of philosophy, of speculative culture,
towards the human spirit, is to rouse,
to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation.
- Walter Pater

A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated,
dramatic life.
How may we see in them all that is to to be seen in
them by the finest senses?
- Walter Pater

Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view,
instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up
what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
- Walter Pater

All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
- Walter Pater

That sense of a life in natural objects,
which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice,
was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was
for him almost literal fact.
- Walter Pater

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.
- Walter Pater

At first sight experience seems to bury us under a
flood of external objects,
pressing upon us with a sharp and importunate reality,
calling us out of ourselves in a thousand forms of action.
- Walter Pater

A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things,
which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier,
less developed consciousness passed lightly by,
is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry.
- Walter Pater

With this sense of the splendour of our experience
and of its awful brevity,
gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch,
we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch.
- Walter Pater

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.
- Walter Pater

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.
- Walter Pater

No account of the Renaissance can be complete without
some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian
scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity
with the religion of ancient Greece.
- Walter Pater

Great passions may give us a quickened sense of life,
ecstasy and sorrow of love, the various forms of enthusiastic activity,
disinterested or otherwise, which comes naturally to many of us.
- Walter Pater

One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that
in the sixth book of Confessions,
where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense.
Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty,
the love of art for its own sake, has most.
- Walter Pater

In a sense it might even be said that our failure is to form habits:
for,
after all, habit is relative to a stereotyped world,
and meantime it is only the roughness of the eye that makes two persons,
things, situations, seem alike.
- Walter Pater

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.
- Walter Pater

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott PHOTO

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch PHOTO

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen PHOTO

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not a slave to my thoughts or emotions.
- Richard Carlson

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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