Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

A frightful dialect for the stupid, the pedant and dullard sort.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. History of Frederick II, vol. 1 (1858-1865).

on the German language. Carlyle's attitude to German was no doubt influenced by his difficulty in mastering it; he qualified his dislike by adding, "in the hands of the gifted does it become supremely good." He later became adept in the language, and greatly influenced by it.
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