Latter-day Pamphlets

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Thomas Carlyle
Harper Bros., 1850 - Great Britain - 342 pages
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Page 33 - British industrial existence seems fast becoming one huge poison-swamp of reeking pestilence physical and moral ; a hideous living Golgotha of souls and bodies buried alive ; such a Curtius' gulf, communicating with the Nether Deeps, as the Sun never saw till now.
Page 27 - come,' nor can ' His will ' even tend to be ' done on Earth as it is in Heaven ' till then. My Christian friends, and indeed my Sham-Christian and Anti-Christian, and all manner of men, are invited to reflect on this. They will find it to be the truth of the case. The Noble in the high place, the Ignoble in the low ; that is, in all times and in all countries, the Almighty Maker's Law.
Page 94 - Revenge," my friends ! revenge, and the natural hatred of scoundrels, and the ineradicable tendency to revancher oneself upon them, and pay them what they have merited : this is f orevermore intrinsically a correct, and even a divine feeling in the mind of every man.
Page 414 - I know by that symptom, better than by any other, what kind of man you yourself are. For you show me there what your ideal of manhood is ; what kind of man you long inexpressibly to be, and would thank the gods, with your whole soul, for being if you could.!
Page 82 - Justice, Justice : woe betides us everywhere when, for this reason or for that, we fail to do justice ! No beneficence, benevolence, or other virtuous contribution will make good the want. And in what a rate of terrible geometrical progression, far beyond our poor computation, any act of Injustice once done by us grows ; rooting itself ever anew, spreading ever anew, like a banyan-tree, — blasting all life under it, for it is a poison-tree ! There is but one thing needed for the world ; but that...
Page 413 - Nevertheless, in the inexplicable universal votings and debatings of these Ages, an idea or rather a dumb presumption to the contrary has gone idly abroad ; and at this day, over extensive tracts of the world, poor human beings are to be found, whose practical belief it is that if we
Page 41 - That the few Wise will have, by one method or another, to take command of the innumerable Foolish ; that they must be got to take it; — and that, in fact, since Wisdom, which means also valour and heroic Nobleness, is alone strong in this world, and one wise man is stronger than all men unwise, they can be got.
Page 392 - ... of ware. A serious soul, can it wish, even in hours of relaxation, that you should fiddle empty nonsense to it ? A serious soul would desire to be entertained, either with absolute silence, or with what was truth, and had fruit in it, and was made by the Maker of us all.
Page 28 - I say, it is the everlasting privilege of the foolish to be governed by the wise ; to be guided in the right path by those who know it better than they. This is the first
Page 381 - my ' share ? " Ah ! there in fact lies the grand difficulty ; upon which Pig science, meditating this long while, can settle absolutely nothing. My share — hrumph ! — my share is, on the whole, whatever I can contrive to get without being hanged or sent to the hulks.

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