Walter Pater


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

Born in Stepney in London's East End, Walter Pater was the second son of Richard Glode Pater, a physician who had moved to London in the early 19th century to practice medicine among the poor. Dr Pater died while Walter was an infant and the family moved to ... more »

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  • ''To the modern spirit nothing is, or can be rightly known, except relatively and under conditions.''
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British writer, educator. originally published in the Westminster Review (Jan. 1866). "Coleridge's Writings," p. 65, repr., ...
  • ''To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.''
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British writer, educator. originally published in "Poems by William Morris," Westminster Review (Oct. 1868). "Conclusion," p...
  • ''To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.''
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "Conclusion," (1873). Referring to "the focus where...
  • ''All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.''
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "The School of Giorgione," (1873).
  • ''Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.''
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "Conclusion," (1873).
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