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On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in Histo

Thomas Carlyle

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. . .Jewish. They had "Poetic contests" among them before the time of Mahomet. Sale says, at Ocadh, in the South of Arabia, there were yearly fairs, and there, when the merchandising was done, Poets sang for prizes:—the wild people gathered to hear that.

One Jewish quality these Arabs manifest; the outcome of many or of all high qualities: what we may call religiosity. From of old they had been zealous worshippers, according to their light. They worshipped the stars, as Sabeans; worshipped many natural objects,—recognized them as symbols, immediate manifestations, of the Maker of Nature. It was wrong; and yet not wholly wrong. All God's works are still in a sense symbols of God. Do we not, as I urged, still account it a merit to recognize a certain inexhaustible significance, "poetic beauty" as we name it, in all natural objects whatsoever? A man is a poet, and honored, for doing that, and speaking or singing it,—a kind of diluted worship. They had. . . Read More

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It's many years since I read any Carlyle, probably not since my first year at university. It's great to be reminded of his wonderful prose. It's unorthodox, dynamic, kinetic, full of allusions in many languages, and yet somehow conveying something of the man himself, opinionated, warm, very human. M

كتاب يناقش ترقي البشرية في تصورها عن الشخصيات المميزة "الأبطال".. وهو يتدرج منذ كانت البشرية تعتقد فيهم آلهة ثم أنبياء ثم محاربين ثم أدباء وهكذا..

هذا التدرج منطلق بالأصل من الفلسفة المادية الإلحادية التي لا تؤمن بنشأة الكون مخلوقا من إله، ولا بنبوات أرسلها هذا الإله لإصلاح حال البشر

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On a writer's e-mail loop I once mentioned something about Thomas Carlyle. Another member then wrote that he liked Carlyle, and that a copy of Hero Worship stayed on his nightstand for occasional re-reading. So when I felt a hankering to return to some Carlyle reading, this was the book I chose. The

Not exactly a typical biography. The book offers sketches of select individuals of historical significance in order to justify a neo-hegelian reading of history; basically an 'all the world's a stage' mentality and most of us are mere spear chuckers and cannon fodder for the Great Men who pop up fro

Parti com elevadas expectativas. Afinal a obra relata a faceta épica e ética de certos homens tido como heróis: Dante, Shakespeare, Lutero, etc.

Uma prosa com demasiados adjetivos e parcialidade.

Carlyle is, and always has been, a man without a country: An Scotsman at odds with the materialism of his native 19th Century Britain; a idealist nonetheless too British to happily fit among his Prussian cobelievers. He is a rabid anti-modernist, but in the most modern way. Carlyle is a hero to a ne

A beautiful command over intelligence of a human mind, For Writer, i would say, with exalted spirit.
Literary-philosophical approach with majestically opinion-oriented. One may find a bit of differences as i found, but as i earlier mentioned, it is a very well opinion-based book not on entirely fact

I Just wish the Carlyle hypothesis that in the next 100 of years Man will be smart enough not to acknowledge other man as GOD come true. But more than 100 years have past from his writing, till today still there are still a lot of Human that believe other human as GOD. How tragic where did all those

Carlyle reads like a good scotch: divine in small sips; nauseating in large gulps.

Carlyle’s book looks at the different forms of heroism he considers to have existed in the world. I found it very interesting that in the second chapter where he talks about the hero as a prophet he picked the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the prime example. Very interesting coming from a Scottish Chri

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