Critical And Miscellaneous Essays (volume 1); Collected And Republished

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byThomas Carlyle

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VOLTAIRE.* [1829.] Could ambition always choose its own path, and were will in human undertakings synonymous with faculty, all truly amhitious men would be men of letters. Certainly, if we examine that love of power, which enters so largely into most practical calculations, nay which our Utilitarian friends have recognised as the sole end and origin, both motive and reward, of all earthly enterprises, animating alike the philanthropist, the conqueror, the money-changer, and the missionary, we shall find that all other arenas of ambition, compared with this rich and boundless one of Literature, meaning thereby whatever respects the promulgation of Thought, are poor, limited and ineffectual. For dull, unreflective, merely instinctive as the ordinary man may seem, he has nevertheless, as a quite indispensable appendage, a head that in some degree considers and computes; a lamp or rushlight of understanding has been given him, which, through whatever dim, besmoked and strangely diffractive media it may shine, is the ultimate guiding light of his whole path : and here as well as there, now as at all times in man's history, Opinion rules the world. Curious it is, moreover, to consider in this respect, how different appearance is from reality, and under what singular shape and circumstances the truly most important man of any given period might be found. Could some Asmodeus, by . Foreign Review, No. 6. -- Memoires sur Voltaire, et sur ses Outrages, par Longchamp et Wagniere, ses Secretaires; suivis de divers Ecrits inedits de la Marquise du Chdtelet, du President Renault, fyc. touts relatifs a Voltaire. (Memoirs concerning Voltaire and his Works, by Longchamp and Wagniere, his Secretaries ; with various unpublished Pieces by the Marquise du Chatelet, &c....

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VOLTAIRE.* [1829.] Could ambition always choose its own path, and were will in human undertakings synonymous with faculty, a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021792722X

ISBN - 13:9780217927222

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