Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

This we take it is the grand characteristic of our age. By our skill in Mechanism, it has come to pass, that in the management of external things we excel all other ages; while in whatever respects the pure moral nature, in true dignity of soul and character, we are perhaps inferior to most civilised ages.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Signs of the Times, first published in Edinburgh Review, no. 98 (1829).
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