Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man's soul under formulas of Profit and Loss; and rule over this too, as over a patent engine, by checks, and valves, and balances.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Signs of the Times, first published in Edinburgh Review, no. 98 (1829).
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