Culture By Self-help In A Literary, An Academic Or An Oratorical Career

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byRobert Waters

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1909 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. MEN OF TRUE GREATNESS. "HPHE true test of a great man," says Lord 1 Brougham, "is his having been in advance of his age." This is only another way of expressing Schopenhauer's idea of a great man, or rather of a man of genius--for the terms are not always synonymous--namely, one who aims far, who works for a future as well as for the present age. Most men of genius have been in advance of their age; most of them have attempted things which the men of their age thought foolish or impossible of attainment: many of them have laid down principles which found no favor in the eyes of the men of their age, but which were eagerly adopted and put into practice by the men of subsequent ages. Perhaps no better example of a great man of this stamp can be found than Sir Thomas More, Henry the Eighth's Chancellor, and author of the famous "Utopia." In this work, which is a description of an imaginary commonwealth, and which was conceived and written in the early part of the sixteenth century, an age in which all Christendom was still groaning under the most barbarous laws and the most cruel despotism, its author anticipates the most important social and political changes of modern times, and expresses opinions which are still far in advance of the current opinion of the present day. He saw that the society around him was "nothing but a conspiracy of the rich against the poor;" that the rich "take to their own use and profit, at the lowest possible price, the work and labor of the poor;" and that "as soon as the rich decide" on certain devices "to rob the poor," they make laws in the name of the people to do it. He saw that the existence to which the laboring classes were doomed was " a life so wretched that even a beast's life seems enviable" in comparison....

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1909 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. MEN OF TRUE GREATNESS. "HPHE true test of a great man," says Lord 1 Brougham, "is his having been in advance of hi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217698468

ISBN - 13:9780217698467

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