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For there can be no great sculpture without a beautiful national life, and the commercial spirit of
England modern life has killed that; no great drama without a noble national life, and the commercial spirit of England has killed that too.
-- for music is the art in which form and matter are always one, the art whose subject cannot be separated from the method of its expression, the art which most completely realises the artistic ideal, and is the condition to which all the other arts are constantly aspiring.
But this restless modern intellectual spirit of ours is not receptive enough of the sensuous element of art; and so the real influence of the arts is hidden from many of us: only a few, escaping from the tyranny of the soul, have learned the secret of those high hours when thought is not.