Thomas Arnold, 1840
|Born||(1795-06-13)13 June 1795
West Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
|Died||12 June 1842(1842-06-12) (aged 46)
Rugby, Warwickshire, England
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Rugby School Chapel|
|Education||Lord Weymouth’s Grammar School; Winchester College|
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Educator and historian|
|Known for||Reforms to Rugby School (immortalised in Tom Brown’s Schooldays)|
|Title||Regius Professor of Modern History, Oxford|
|Successor||John Antony Cramer|
|Children||Matthew Arnold, Tom Arnold, William Delafield Arnold|
The difference between one man and another is not mere ability it is energy.
My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.
Rather than have it the principal thing in my son’s mind, I would gladly have him think that the sun went round the earth, and that the stars were so many spangles set in the bright blue firmament.
It was from an old friend who thought he was dying. Anyway, he said, ‘Life and death issues don’t come along that often, thank God, so don’t treat everything like it’s life or death. Go easier.’
Real knowledge, like everything else of value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for, studied for, thought for, and, more that all, must be prayed for.
One’s age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.