Latter-day Pamphlets

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Thomas Carlyle
Harper & Brothers, 1850 - Great Britain - 342 pages
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Page 59 - THREE'LEAVED MANUAL OF FAMILY PRAYER; arranged so as to save the trouble of turning the Pages backwards and forwards. Royal 8vo.
Page 23 - 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 "right of man...
Page 10 - ... this progeny ; base-natured beings, on whom, in the course of a maleficent subterranean life of London scoundrelism, the Genius of Darkness (called Satan, Devil, and other names) had now visibly impressed his seal, and had marked them out as soldiers of Chaos and of him — appointed to serve in his regiments, first of the line, second ditto, and so on in their order. Him, you could perceive, they would serve ; but not easily another than him. These were the subjects whom our brave captain and...
Page 35 - ... still) stomach itself in fatal exchange for the same. You wretched mortal, stumbling about in a God's Temple, and thinking it a brutal Cookeryshop ! Nature, when her scorn of a slave is divinest, and blazes like the blinding lightning against his slavehood, often enough flings him a bag of money, silently saying: "That! Away ; thy doom is that...
Page 41 - Love silence rather than speech in these tragic days, when, for very speaking, the voice of man has fallen inarticulate to man ; and hearts, in this loud babbling, sit dark and dumb towards one another. Witty, — above all, O be not witty : none of us is bound to be witty, under penalties...
Page 38 - The free man is he who is loyal to the Laws of this Universe ; who in his heart sees and knows, across all contradictions, that injustice cannot befall him here ; that except by sloth and cowardly falsity evil is not possible here. The first symptom of such a man is not that he resists and rebels, but that he obeys. As poor Henry Marten wrote in Chepstow Castle long ago, " Reader, if thou an oft-told tale wilt trust, Thou'lt gladly do and suffer what thou must.
Page 22 - 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 10 - ... them at all. Miserable distorted blockheads, the generality; ape-faces, imp-faces, angry dog-faces, heavy sullen ox-faces; degraded underfoot perverse creatures, sons of mdocility, greedy mutinous darkness, and in one word, of STUPIDITY, which is the general mother of such.
Page 22 - It is an idle fancy. The Laws of this Universe, of which if the Laws of England are not an exact transcript, they should passionately study to become such, are fixed by the everlasting congruity of things, and are not fixable or changeable by voting!
Page 34 - 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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