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CULTURE
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[ Also see Cultivation Custom Jews People ]

To the highest culture, evenness of development, resulting in roundness and symmetry, is essential. The ideal man possesses, in addition to all his other qualities, that quality which is figured in the bloom of the flowering plant, in the fragrance of blossoms, in the blush and flavor of fruit--a quality which cannot be counterfeited any more than you can counterfeit a flower's perfume, which cannot be hidden any more than you can hide the fragrance of an orchard in May. It is the precious flavor of the ripened man. As the full fragrance of the apple, as the velvety cheek of the peach, comes only when the fruit has reached its highest development, so this quality comes only as the result of that wise self-enlargement, that deliberate catholicity, that cultivated charity of opinion, which characterizes the man of culture.
      - Joseph Anderson

Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
      - Matthew Arnold

Culture looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passion--the passion for sweetness and light. It has one even yet greater, the passion for making them all prevail. It is not satisfied till we all come to a perfect man; it knows that the sweetness and light of the few must be imperfect until the raw and unkindly masses of humanity are touched with sweetness and light.
      - Matthew Arnold

It does not try to reach down to the level of inferior classes; it does not try to win them for this or that sect of its own, with ready-made judgments and watchwords of its own. It seeks to away with classes, to make the best that has been taught and known in the world current everywhere, to make all men live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light, where they may use ideas, as it uses them itself, freely--nourished, and not bound by them.
      - Matthew Arnold

Men of culture are the true apostles of equality.
      - Matthew Arnold

A man's nature, runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays--Of Nature in Men

That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Partial culture runs to the ornate; extreme culture to simplicity.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Culture means the perfect and equal development of man on all sides.
      - John Burroughs

The great law of culture is, Let each become all that he was created capable of being; expand, if possible, to his full growth; resisting all impediments, casting off all foreign, especially all noxious adhesions, and show himself at length in his own shape and stature be these what they may.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Whatever expands the affections, or enlarges the sphere of our sympathies--whatever makes us feel our relation to the universe, and all that it inherits, in time and in eternity, to the great and beneficent Cause of all, must unquestionably refine our nature, and elevate us in the scale of being.
      - William Ellery Channing

I am very sure that any man of common understanding may, by culture, care, attention and labor, make himself whatever he pleases, except a great poet.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Not that the moderns are born with more wit than their predecessors, but, finding the world better furnished at their coming into it, they have more leisure for new thoughts, more light to direct them, and more hints to work upon.
      - Jeremy Collier

The wealthy and the noble, when hey expend large sums in decorating their houses with the rare and costly efforts of genius, with busts from the chisel of a Canova and with cartoons from the pencil of a Raphael, are to be commended, if they do not stand still here, but go on to bestow some pains and cost, that the master himself be not inferior to the mansion, and that the owner be not the only thing that is little, amidst everything else that is great.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The only worthy end of all learning, of all science, of all life, in fact, is that human beings should love one another better. Culture merely for culture's sake can never be anything but a sapless root, capable of producing at best a shriveled branch.
      - John Walker Cross

Unless above himself he can erect himself, how poor a thing is man!
      - Samuel Daniel

Great culture is often betokened by great simplicity.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Meditation is culture.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Culture implies all which gives the mind possession of its own powers, as languages to the critic, telescope to the astronomer. Culture alters the political status of an individual. It raises a rival royalty in a monarchy. 'Tis king against king. It is ever a romance of history in all dynasties--the co-presence of the revolutionary force in intellect. It creates a personal independence which the monarch cannot look down, and to which he must often succumb.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Culture is one thing and varnish is another.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Culture, with us, ends in headache.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The foundation of culture, as of character, is at last the moral sentiment.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Much of our highly valued cultural heritage has been acquired at the cost of sexuality.
      - Sigmund Freud

One ought every day at least to hear a little song, read a good good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Wilhelm Meisterís Apprenticeship
         (bk. V, ch. 1, par. 6)

Culture is like wealth; it makes us more ourselves, it enables us to express ourselves.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton


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