Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

Scepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. "The Hero as a Man of Letters," lecture 5, On Heroes and Hero-Worship (1841).
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