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Thomas Carlyle
(1795-1881) born on
Dec 04
Scottish essayist, historian. He was considered one of the era's great sages and man of letters; wrote "The French Revolution," 1837.
         
   
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What is aristocracy? A corporation of the best, of the bravest.

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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
A
There is only one post fit for you, and that is the office of perpetual president of the Heaven and Hell Amalgamation Society.
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What are your historical Facts; still more your biographical? Wilt thou know a Man. . . by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts?
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When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man's soul under formulas of Profit and Loss;
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: 'Chartism' [The similar phrase, ``the best and the brightest,'' used as a book title by David Halberstam in 1969, comes fro
R: "Critical and Miscellaneous Essays," vol. 4, " Sir Walter Scott," 1839.
A: Remark to Lord Houghton, quoted in T. E. Wemyss Reid, Life of Lord Houghton
N: Teufelsdröckh, in Sartor Resartus, bk. 2, ch. 10 (1833-34).
K: "Signs of the Times," (1829; first published in Edinburgh Review no. 98).
   


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