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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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History, a distillation of rumor.
      - French Revolution (pt. I, bk. VII, ch. V)

Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it?
      - French Revolution (pt. II, bk. 1, ch. 4)

It is not a lucky word, this same impossible; no good comes of those that have it so often in their mouth.
      - French Revolution
         (pt. III, bk. III, ch. X) [Impossibility]

Arrestment, sudden really as a bolt out of the blue has hit strange victims.
      - French Revolution (vol. III, p. 347) [Sky]

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
      - Goethe, in the "Edinburgh Review"

No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship [Admiration]

Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (3) [Poetry]

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (ch. II) [Faults]

A man protesting against error is on the way towards uniting himself with all men that believe in truth.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (IV) [Truth]

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture 1) [Man]

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture 5)

Nay, in every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world?
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture I)

That great mystery of Time, were there no other; the illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean tide, on which we and all the Universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb,--for we have no word to speak about it.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture I) [Time]

Thought once awakened does not again slumber.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture I)

If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; all art and authorcraft are of small amount to that.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture II)

Silence is more eloquent than words.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture II)

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, could ever compel the soul of man to believe or to disbelieve: it is his own indefeasible light, that judgment of his; he will reign and believe there by the grace of God alone!
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture IV)

All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been it is lying in as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture V)

In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship--The Hero as a Man of Letters

One life;--a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship--The Hero as a Man of Letters

The true University of these days is a collection of Books.
      - Heroes and Hero Worship--The Hero as a Man of Letters

Worship of a hero is transcendent admiration of a great man.
      - Heroes and Hero-Worship (lecture I)

If Hero means sincere man, why may not every one of us be a Hero?
      - Heroes and Hero-Worship (lecture IV)

Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all.
      - Heroes and Hero-Worship (lecture V)

In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing.
      - Hist. of the French Revolution
         (vol. I, p. 5), (People's ed.) [Eyes]

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