Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

They have their belief, these poor Tibet people, that Providence sends down always an Incarnation of Himself into every generation. At bottom some belief in a kind of pope! At bottom still better, a belief that there is a Greatest Man; that he is discoverable; that, once discovered, we ought to treat him with an obedience which knows no bounds. This is the truth of Grand Lamaism; the "discoverability" is the only error here.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. "The Hero as Divinity," lecture 1, On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History (1841).
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