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Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII

Author: Thomas Carlyle
Published: 1843
Language: English
Wordcount: 109,750 / 333 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 863
Added to site: 2008.08.01
mnybks.net#: 21628
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays
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ht truth, Nature's right truth would have made them free. They have become enchanted; stagger spell-bound, reeling on the brink of huge peril, because they were not wise enough. They have forgotten the right Inner True, and taken up with the Outer Sham-true. They answer the Sphinx's question wrong. Foolish men cannot answer it aright! Foolish men mistake transitory semblance for eternal fact, and go astray more and more.

Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accidental one, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death! In the centre of the world-whirlwind, verily now as in the oldest days, dwells and speaks a God. The great soul of the world is just. O brother, can it be needful now, at this late epoch of experience, after eighteen centuries of Christian preaching for one thing, to remind thee of such a fact; which all manner o

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