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Walter Pater

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To burn always with this hard gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.

— Walter Pater

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It is always hazardous to express what one has to say indirectly and allusively.

— 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

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

— Walter Pater

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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

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For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments' sake.

— Walter Pater

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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

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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

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Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.

— Walter Pater

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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

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The sketch illustrates a paradox central to Pater's sensibility and writings: a leaning towards ascetic beauty apprehended sensuously. These are not so much stories – plotting is limited and dialogue absent – as psychological studies of fictional characters in historical settings often personifications of new concepts at turning-points in the history of ideas or emotion. Having a particular temperament under review he would ask what was the range of forms in which it might find expression.

Walter Horatio Pater (4 August 1839 – 30 July 1894) was an English essayist critic of art and literature and writer of fiction.

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