Latter-day Pamphlets, Issue 4

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Thomas Carlyle
Chapman and Hall, 1850 - Great Britain - 422 pages
 

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Page 32 - I do not like thee, Dr Fell. The reason why I cannot tell, But this I know, I know full well, I do not like thee, Dr Fell.
Page 37 - Revenge,' my friends ! revenge, and the natural hatred of scoundrels, and the ineradicable tendency to revanchcr oneself upon them, and pay them what they have merited : this is forevermore intrinsically a correct, and even a divine feeling in the mind of every man.
Page 2 - Show me the man you honor ; 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 29 - If of ten men nine are recognisable as fools, which is ' a common calculation,' says our Intermittent Friend, ' how, ' in the name of wonder, will you ever get a ballot-box to ' grind you out a wisdom from the votes of these ten men ? ' Never by any conceivable ballot-box, nor by all the ma' chinery in Bromwicham or out of it, will you attain such
Page 30 - 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.
Page 27 - And is arithmetic, think you, a thing more fixed by the Eternal, than the laws of justice are, and what the right is of man towards man? The builder of this world was Wisdom and Divine Foresight, not Folly and Chaotic Accident. Eternal Law is silently present, everywhere and everywhen. By Law the Planets gyrate in their orbits ; — by some approach to Law the Street-Cabs ply in their thoroughfares.
Page 10 - ... other diabolic-animal specimens of humanity, who of the very gods could ever have commanded them by love ? A collar round the neck, and a cartwhip flourished over the back ; these, in a just and steady human hand, were what the gods would have appointed them ; and now when, by long misconduct and neglect, they had sworn themselves into the Devil's regiments of the line, and got the seal of Chaos impressed on their visage, it was very doubtful whether even these would be of avail for the unfortunate...
Page 14 - Mark it, my diabolic friends, I mean to lay leather on the backs of you, collars round the necks of you; and will teach you, after the example of the gods, that this world is not your inheritance, or glad to see you in it.

About the author (1850)

Thomas Carlyle was a social critic and historian born in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, December 4, 1795, the same year as John Keats, but Carlyle is considered an early Victorian rather than a Romantic. After completing his elementary studies, he went to the University of Edinburgh but left in 1814 without a degree. His parents wanted him to become a minister in the Scottish church, but his independence of spirit made such a life program impossible. In 1816 he fell in love with, and was rejected by, a young woman. His love affair was followed by a period of doubt and uncertainty described vividly in Sartor Resartus, a work published in 1833 that attracted much attention. Carlyle's first literary work reveals his admiration for German thought and philosophy, and especially for the two great German poets Schiller and Goethe. The fictional autobiography of a philosopher deeply impressed Ralph Waldo Emerson who brought it back to the United States to be published there. History of the French Revolution (1837), rewritten after parts of it were mistakenly burned as kindling by John Stuart Mill, cemented Carlyle's reputation. The work brought him fame but no great wealth. As a result of his comparative poverty he was induced to give four series of public lectures. Of these the most famous were those On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic of History delivered in 1840 and published in 1841. Past and Present (1843), and Latter Day Pamphlets (1850) present his economic and industrial theories. With The Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell (1845), The Life of John Sterling (1851), and History of Frederick II of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great (1858-1865) he returned to biography. In 1865, Carlyle was made Lord Rector of Edinburgh.