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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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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

He's such a fun writer (speaker?) and it's wonderfully energetic and vital, but he keeps saying "at bottom" and it drives me mad, such an ugly ugly idiom, the worst in the English language bar none, I had to take a star off for that.

The 18th Century, with its calamitous French Revolution and the unquenchable advance of Industrialisation, plunged the world into a haze of scepticism, as people started doubting the values and beliefs of their predecessors and embraced the artificial, offered the ideal backdrop to Thomas Carlyle's

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

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.

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