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Thomas Carlyle

(1795-1881 / Scotland)

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Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. He called economics "the dismal science", wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia, and became a controversial social commentator.

Coming from a strict Calvinist family, Carlyle was expected by his parents to become a preacher, but while at ... more »

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  • ''Worship is transcendent wonder.''
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. On Heroes and Hero-Worship, lecture 1, "The Hero as Divinity," (1841).
  • Cash-payment never was, or could except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man. Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the e...
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Past and Present, bk. 3, ch. 10 (1843).
  • A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and withal the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert...
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Past and Present, bk. 3, ch. 11 (1843).
  • ''In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.''
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Past and Present, bk. 4, ch. 4 (1843).
  • We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named "fair competition" and s...
    Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Past and Present, bk. 3, ch. 2 (1843).
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  • Gerard Fox (7/7/2013 3:28:00 PM)

    Just watched a tv documentary about Thomas Carlyle's trip to Ireland in 1845 during the Irish Famine. His recorded comments about what he saw in Ireland during his trip are astonishing. His cold-heartedness towards men, women and children dying from hunger (in front of his very eyes) due to the Famine where the food left Ireland on a daily basis, heading to England. Carlyle-Historian-Essayist-Poet and Christian with no Christian values whatsoever! For further reading about the Famine through Carlyle's eyes 'Atlas of the Irish Famine'.

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