Quotation by Walter Pater

Certainly for us of the modern world, with its conflicting claims, its entangled interests, distracted by so many sorrows, so many preoccupations, so bewildering an experience, the problem of unity with ourselves in blitheness and repose, is far harder than it was for the Greek within the simple terms of antique life. Yet, not less than ever, the intellect demands completeness, centrality.
Walter Pater (1839–1894), British writer, educator. originally published in Westminster Review (Jan. 1867). "Winckelmann," pp. 201-2, repr. In Studies in the History of the Renaissance, Macmillan (1873).
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