Thomas Carlyle

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"[...]Argonne-already these sounds are across a sea. Two whole generations have passed with the memory of half their storms. "Another race hath been, and other palms are won." Old policies, governments, councils, creeds, modes and hopes of life have been sifted in strange fires. Assaye, Trafalgar, Austerlitz, Jena, Leipzig, Inkermann, Sadowa,-Waterloo when he was twenty and Sedan when he was seventy-five,-have been fought and won. Born under the French Directory and the Presidency of Washington, Carlyle survived two French empires, two kingdoms,
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"[...]Argonne-already these sounds are across a sea. Two whole generations have passed with the memory of half their storms. "Another race hath been, and other palms are won." Old policies, governments, councils, creeds, modes and hopes of life have been sifted in strange fires. Assaye, Trafalgar, Austerlitz, Jena, Leipzig, Inkermann, Sadowa,-Waterloo when he was twenty and Sedan when he was seventy-five,-have been fought and won. Born under the French Directory and the Presidency of Washington, Carlyle survived two French empires, two kingdoms, and two republics; elsewhere partitions, abolitions, revivals and deaths of States innumerable. During his life our sway in the East doubled its area, two peoples (the German with, the Italian without, his sympathy) were consolidated on the Continent, while another across the Atlantic developed to a magnitude that amazes and sometimes alarms the rest. Aggressions were made and repelled, patriots perorated and fought, diplomatists finessed with a zeal worthy of the world's most restless, if not its wisest, age. In the internal affairs of the [...]".
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Prefatory note; 1. Introductory summary; 2. 1795–1826. Ecclefechan and Edinburgh; 3. 1826–34. Craigenputtock (from marriage to London); 4. 1834–42. Cheyne Row (to death of Mrs. Welsh); 5. 1842–53. Cheyne Row (to death of Carlyle's mother); 6. 1853–66. The Minotaur (to death of Mrs. Carlyle); 7. 1866–81. Decadence; 8. Carlyle as man of letters, critic, and historian; 9. Carlyle's political philosophy; 10. Ethics, predecessors, influence; Appendix. On Carlyle's religion.

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