Audiobook Culture and Anarchy - author Matthew Arnold

Culture and Anarchy
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Culture and Anarchy is a series of journal papers by Matthew Arnold, first published in Cornhill Magazine in 1867-68 and collected as a book in 1869. A preface was added in 1875. Arnold's famous cultural writings established his High Victorian Cultural Agenda, which dominated debate from the 1860s to the 1950s.

According to his views expressed in the book, "Culture [...] is the study of perfection". He further writes: "[Culture] seeks to abolish teaching; proclaim everywhere the best that is thought and known in the world; let all live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light [...]".

His oft-quoted line "[Culture is] the best thought and saying" comes from the preface to "Culture and Anarchy": The whole scope of the essay is to praise culture as a great help in getting us out of our present predicament; culture is Our complete perfection is achieved by learning the best thoughts and sayings in the world about all the things that concern us most, and through this knowledge directing a fresh and free flow of thought to our present concepts and habits.

Follow them firmly but mechanically, for it is in vain to think that following them firmly is a virtue that makes up for the folly of following them mechanically. (From Wikipedia)