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Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History where he explains that the key role in history lies in the actions of the "Great Man", claiming that "History is nothing but the biography of the Great Man".
years of life: 4 December 1795 5 February 1881

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Sofya Averchenkovahas quotedlast year
cannot look, however imperfectly, upon a great man, without gaining something by him. He is the living light-fountain, which it is good and pleasant to be near. The light which enlightens, which has enlightened the darkness of the world; and this not as a kindled lamp only, but rather as a natural luminary shining by the gift of Heaven
strangenewemberhas quoted7 months ago
How, then, comes it, may the re­flect­ive mind re­peat, that the grand Tis­sue of all Tis­sues, the only real Tis­sue, should have been quite over­looked by Science—the ves­tural Tis­sue, namely, of wool­len or other cloth; which Man’s Soul wears as its out­most wrap­page and over­all; wherein his whole other Tis­sues are in­cluded and screened, his whole Fa­culties work, his whole Self lives, moves, and has its be­ing?
strangenewemberhas quoted7 months ago
Shakespeare says, we are creatures that look be­fore and after: the more sur­pris­ing that we do not look round a little, and see what is passing un­der our very eyes.
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