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Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era.

“Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.” Thomas Carlyle


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Many people consider satire to be the most intellectual form of comedy because, instead of using just random bits of comicality, satire attacks something serious and often turns it into something absurd. This blend of lighthearted humor and serious critique can be found in various art forms, but it is found most often in literature. Satire writers attempt to point out the flaws of a given subject, which might influence the audience to take action, and maybe chuckle along the way.

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Historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) -- Charles Darwin was well-acquainted with Carlyle, having met him "several times at my brother's house, and two or three times at my own house."

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