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Carlyle, Thomas - Sartor Resartus - Wonder is the basis of worship



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Sartor Resartus – Thomas Carlyle

Wonder says he, is the basis of worship; the reign of wonder is perennial, indestructible in man; only at certain stages it is, for some short season, a reign in partibus infidelium.  ……

Thought without reverence is barren, perhaps poisonous; at best, it dies like cookery with the day that called it forth; does not live, like sowing, in successive tilths and wider spreading harvests, bringing food and plenteous increase to all time…

The man who cannot wonder, who does not habitually wonder and worship,  - were he president of innumerable Royal Societies and carried the whole Mecanique Celeste and Hegel’s philosophy and the epitome of all laboratories and observatories with their results in his single head – is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye.  Let those who have eyes look through him, then he may be useful.

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