Latter-day Pamphlets

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Thomas Carlyle
Phillips, Sampson,, 1855 - Great Britain - 4 pages
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Page 100 - 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 307 - But as to universal suffrage, again, — can it be proved that, since the beginning of the world, there was ever given a. universal vote in favor of the worthiest man or thing ? I have always understood that true worth, in any department, was difficult to recognize ; that the worthiest, if he appealed to universal suffrage, would have but a poor chance.
Page 406 - Committee sit upon them, are sure to be the parent of much empty talk, laborious hypocrisy, dilettantism, futility; involving huge trouble and expense and babble, which end in no result, if not in worse than none. The practical man, in his moments of sincerity, feels them to be a pretentious nothingness ; a confused superfluity and nuisance, purchased with cost, — what he in brief language denominates a bore.
Page 1 - THE Present Time, youngest-born of Eternity, child and heir of all the Past Times with their good and evil, and parent of all the Future, is ever a 'New Era ' to the thinking man ; and comes with new questions and significance, however commonplace it look : to know it, and what it bids us do, is ever the sum of knowledge for all of us.
Page 298 - 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 26 - America's battle is yet to fight ; and we, sorrowful though nothing doubting, will wish her strength for it. New Spiritual Pythons, plenty of them ; enormous Megatherions, as ugly as were ever born of mud, loom huge and hideous out of the twilight Future on America; and she will have her own agony, and her own victory, but on other terms than she is yet quite aware of.
Page 248 - That no British man can attain to be a Statesman, or Chief of Workers, till he has first proved himself a Chief of Talkers...
Page 408 - Truth, fact, is the life of all things ; falsity, " fiction " or whatever it may call itself, is certain to be death, and is already insanity, to whatever thing takes up with it. Fiction, even to the Fine Arts, is not a quite permissible thing. Sparingly permissible, within iron limits '; or if you will reckon strictly, not permissible at all...
Page 401 - What is Paradise, or the State of Innocence ? " Paradise, called also State of Innocence, Age of Gold, and other names, was (according to Pigs of weak judgment) unlimited attainability of...
Page 255 - Estate. Such a soul, though to the eye he still keeps tumbling about in the Parliamentary element, and makes ' motions,' and passes bills, for aught I know, — are we to define him as a living one, or as a dead ? Partridge the Almanac-maker, whose ' publications ' still regularly appear, is known to be dead ! The dog that was drowned last summer, and that floats up and down the Thames with ebb and flood ever since, — is it not dead? Alas, in the hot months, you meet here and there such a floating...

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