The Works of Thomas Carlyle: On heroes, hero-worship and the heroic in history

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Chapman and Hall, 1897

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Pagina 92 - Ah, yes, he had been in Hell ; — in Hell enough, in long severe sorrow and struggle ; as the like of him is pretty sure to have been. Commedias that comeout divine are not accomplished otherwise. Thought, true labour of any kind, highest virtue itself, is it not the daughter of Pain ? Born as out of the black whirlwind ; — true effort, in fact, as of a captive struggling to free himself : that is Thought. In all ways we are ' to become perfect through suffering.
Pagina 107 - Without hands a man might have feet, and could still walk : but, consider it, — without morality, intellect were impossible for him ; a thoroughly immoral man could not know anything at all ! To know a thing, what we can call knowing, a man must first love the thing, sympathize with it : that is, be virtuously related to it.
Pagina 9 - Jean Paul still finds it so; the giant Jean Paul, who has power to escape out of hearsays : but there then were no hearsays. Canopus shining down over the desert, with its blue diamond brightness (that wild blue spirit-like brightness, far brighter than we ever witness here), would pierce into the heart of the wild Ishmaelitish man, whom it was guiding through the solitary waste there. To his wild heart, with all feelings in it, with no speech for any feeling, it might seem a little eye, that Canopus,...
Pagina 194 - Burns, still only in his twenty-seventh year, is no longer even a ploughman; he is flying to the West Indies to escape disgrace and a jail. This month he is a ruined peasant, his wages seven pounds a year, and these gone from him : next month he is in the blaze of rank and beauty, handing down jewelled Duchesses to dinner; the cynosure of all eyes ! Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man ; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Pagina 179 - Nessus"-shirt not to be stript-off, which is his own natural skin ! In this manner he had to live. Figure him there, with his scrofulous diseases, with his great greedy heart, and unspeakable chaos of thoughts ; stalking mournful as a stranger in this Earth; eagerly devouring what spiritual thing he could come at : school-languages and other merely grammatical stuff, if there were nothing better! The largest soul that was in all England; and provision made for it of 'fourpence-half penny a day.
Pagina 157 - In the true Literary Man there is thus ever, acknowledged or not by the world, a sacredness : he is the light of the world ; the world's Priest ; — guiding it, like a sacred Pillar of Fire, in its dark pilgrimage through the waste of Time.
Pagina 95 - Such words are in this man. For rigor, earnestness and depth, he is not to be paralleled in the modern world; to seek his parallel we must go into the Hebrew Bible, and live with the antique Prophets there.
Pagina 162 - He that can write a true Book, to persuade England, is not he the Bishop and Archbishop, the Primate of England and of All England ? I many a time say, the writers of Newspapers, Pamphlets, Poems, Books, these are the real working effective Church of a modern country. Nay not only our preaching, but even our worship, is not it too accomplished by means of Printed Books ? The noble sentiment which a gifted soul has clothed for us in melodious words, which brings melody into our hearts, — is not...
Pagina 11 - ... of rhetoric ; but it is not so. If well meditated, it will turn out to be a scientific fact ; the expression, in such words as can be had, of the actual truth of the thing. We are the miracle of miracles, — the great inscrutable mystery of God. We cannot understand it, we know not how to speak of it ; but we may feel and know, if we like, that it is verily so.
Pagina 108 - Shakspeare lies hid ; his sorrows, his silent struggles known to himself; much that was not known at all, not speakable at all : like roots, like sap and forces working underground ! Speech is great ; but Silence is greater.

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