Thomas Carlyle quote about man from On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History - Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all things man has devised.
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Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all things man has devised.
 Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History (1841). copy citation

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“Whence he came, whither he is bound, by what ways he arrived, by what he might be furthered on his course, no one asks. He is an accident in society. He wanders like a wild Ishmaelite, in a world of which he is as the spiritual light, either the guidance or the misguidance!
Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all things man has devised. Odin's Runes were the first form of the work of a Hero; Books written words, are still miraculous Runes, the latest form! In Books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.” source

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