Thomas Carlyle  

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"Democracy means despair of finding any heroes to govern you, and contented putting up with the want of them."--Past and Present (1843) by Thomas Carlyle

"He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired Armies, and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of Printing."--Sartor Resartus

"The History of the world is but the Biography of great men."--On Heroes, Hero-Worship, & the Heroic in History (1841) by Thomas Carlyle

"Without question the views of Carlyle could well be advocated by Adolph Hitler today, and that, should fascism develop in Great Britain, the ideology expressed by Carlyle will be a most important weapon in its hands."-- The Conquest of Power (1937) by Albert Weisbord

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Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) was a Scottish essayist, historian and philosopher.

He is known for such works as Sartor Resartus (1831), The French Revolution: A History (1837), On Heroes, Hero-Worship, & the Heroic in History (1841) and translations such as German Romance which helped introduced German Romanticism to the English-speaking world.

His reputation declined in the 20th century as some of his views became increasingly unfashionable, particularly his Germanophilia in the aftermaths of World War I and World War II especially, when he came to be perceived as a progenitor of fascism.

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