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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

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وأفكار الكتاب بين الجيد والردئ، تعرف منها وتنكر
ولغة الترجمة أدبية جزلة عالية
وفي الكتاب فصل عن النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم

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

Thomas Carlyle's On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History is a defense of the Great Man perspective, the view that history is the result of great men doing great deeds. Carlyle lays out many different incarnations of the hero as seen through our historical and mythological lenses. There is

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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