Memorable Quotations: Thomas Carlyle
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Born in Scotland, Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) was an English writer. He first achieved notice as an interpreter of German romanticism with his Life of Schiller (1825) and a translation of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister (1824). In 1826 he married Jane Baillie Welsh, an ambitious woman who did much to help his career. A forthright critic of materialism, he conveyed his views in a kind of spiritual autobiography, Sartor Resartus (1833–34), and in his interpretative rather than historic French Revolution (1837). He assailed laissez-faire theory and parliamentary democracy and emphasized his conviction in strong government and exalted individuals in On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History (1841) and Past and Present (1843), in an edition of the writings of Oliver Cromwell (1845), and in a biography of Frederick the Great (1858–65). Carlyle had immense impact on the literary world of his day; his style, complex yet effective, is distinctive.
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