Excerpt from Criticisms on Contemporary Thought and Thinkers, Vol. 1 of 2: Selected From the Spectator Mr. Carlyle has mended his religious faith since he last described the damnable condition of the world in which he is compelled to live, and in his letter to Sir Joseph Whitworth on the relations of capital and labour, he speaks of Almighty God with a pious simplicity which is a surprise and a pleasure after those Abysses and Eternities, and other ornate vaguenesses and paraphrastic plurals of his middle period. Of all the unveracities which Mr. Carlyle used to deunce with so much vigour, it always seemed to me that the circumlocutions by which he himself avoided committing himself on the question whether the rule to which he was always exhorting us to submit was really the rule of wisdom or only the rule of brute necessities, were some of the worst; - for he knew very well that to such creatures as we are it makes the most ermous difference whether we be in truth guided by a divine mind which is infinitely above us, or only propelled by an undivine fate which has reached its chef-d' oeuvre in ourselves. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.