Excerpt from Matthew Arld: How to Kw Him The aimless and unsettled, but also open and liberal state of our youth we must perhaps all leave and take refuge in our morality and character; but with most of us it is a melancholy passage from which we emerge shorn of so many beams that we are almost tempted to quarrel with the law of nature which imposes it on us. -Letters, I, 17. Matthew Arld is a charming but t an altogether conciliatory writer. If you disagree with him, he does t encourage you to believe that you may be in the right. When he was a middle-aged man, his favorite sister said to him that he was becoming as dogmatic as Ruskin. I told her, writes Arld, good-humoredly reporting the incident to his mother, the difference was that Ruskin was 'dogmatic and wrong. This is in the true critical temper - gentle but firm and just a little provocative! About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.