Quotes from the World for Wednesday 12/26/MMXII

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light…. He who works for sweetness and light united, works to make reason and the will of God prevail.

Matthew Arnold
Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), British poet, critic. Culture and Anarchy, ch. 1 (1869).

These words recall Swift’s evocation of mankind’s “two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.” (See culture.).