Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
The Greek word euphuia, a finely tempered nature, gives exactly the notion of perfection as culture brings us to perceive it; a harmonious perfection, a perfection in which the characters of beauty and intelligence are both present, which unites the two noblest of thingsas Swift most happily calls them in his Battle of the Books, the two noblest of things, sweetness and light. Matthew ArnoldCulture and Anarchy.
Instead of dirt and poison, we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light. SwiftBattle of the Books. Fable on the merits of the bee (the ancients) and the spider (the moderns).