Heroes, Hero-worship and the Heroic in History

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John B. Alden, 1888 - 181 pagine
 

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Recensione dell'utente  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Oddly, not an inspiring book. There are six lectures filled with what I might call "Puffery" rather than information. Carlyle does have a theme, stating the "Great Man" theory, but it deals little ... Leggi recensione completa

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Thomas Carlyle's lectures On Heroes, Hero-worship, and the Heroic in History were delivered in 1840, and published as a book in 1841 by James Fraser, London. My version is a public domain reprint of ... Leggi recensione completa

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Pagina 55 - The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away ; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Pagina 122 - Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but in the Reporters' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech, or a witty saying; it is a literal fact, — very momentous to us in these times.
Pagina 54 - It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's Heaven as a god-made Man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest daydrudge kindles into a hero. They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death are the allurements that act on the heart of man.
Pagina 15 - No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
Pagina 7 - Universal History, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here. They were the leaders of men, these great ones; the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do or to attain...
Pagina 13 - Yes, it is even so : this is no vain phrase ; it is veritably so. The essence of our being, the mystery in us that calls itself ' I,' — ah, what words have we for such things? — is a breath of Heaven; the Highest Being reveals himself in man. This body, these faculties, this life of ours, is it not all as a vesture for that Unnamed ? ' There is but. one Temple in the Universe,' says the devout i Novalis, 'and that is the Body of Man.
Pagina 64 - A musical thought is one spoken by a mind that has penetrated into the inmost heart of the thing ; detected the inmost mystery of it, namely the melody that lies hidden in it ; the inward harmony of coherence which is its soul, whereby it exists, and has a right to be, here in this world.
Pagina 76 - ... creeds, bodies of opinion and practice: but it has made little of the class of Dante's Thought. Homer yet is, veritably present face to face with every open soul of us; and Greece, where is it?
Pagina 66 - Withal it is a silent pain too, a silent scornful one : the lip is curled in a kind of godlike disdain of the thing that is eating out his heart, — as if it were withal a mean insignificant thing, as if he whom it had power to torture and strangle were greater than it.
Pagina 8 - I do not mean here the church-creed which he professes, the articles of faith which he will sign and, in words or otherwise, assert; not this wholly, in many cases not this at all. We see men of all kinds of professed creeds attain to almost all degrees of worth or worthlessness under each or any of them.

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