In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
—Thomas Carlyle (via yourkrazyneighbor)
From Past and Present (1843)
One of Dr. Allison’s Scotch facts struck us much. A poor Irish Widow, her husband having died in one of the Lanes of Edinburgh, went forth with her three children, bare of all resource, to solicit help from the Charitable Establishments of that City. At this Charitable Establishment and then at that she was refused; referred from one to the other, helped by none; — till she had exhausted them all; till her strength and heart failed her: she sank down in typhus fever; died, and infected her Lane with fever, so that ‘seventeen other persons’ died of fever there in consequence. The humane Physician asks thereupon, as with a heart too full for speaking, Would it not have been economy to help this poor Widow?
How decipher, with best fidelity, the eternal regulation of the Universe? All the world answers me, ‘Count heads; ask Universal Suffrage, by the ballot-boxes, and that will tell.’
Well, — I perceive we have got into strange spiritual latitudes indeed. Within the last half-century or so, either the Universe or else the heads of men must have altered very much.
—Thomas Carlyle, The Century (1850). (via janwire)
…all that a University, or final highest School can do for us, is still but what the first School began doing,—teach us to read. We learn to read, in various languages, in various sciences; we learn the alphabet and letters of all manner of Books. But the place where we are to get knowledge … is the Books themselves! It depends on what we read, after all manner of Professors have done their best for us. The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.
—Thomas Carlyle, via The Underground Grammarian (via bookofpythia)
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
—Thomas Carlyle (via mickyates)