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NUMBER: 1143
AUTHOR: Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
QUOTATION: Manhood begins when we have in any way made truce with Necessity; begins even when we have surrendered to Necessity, as the most part only do; but begins joyfully and hopefully only when we have reconciled ourselves to Necessity; and thus, in reality, triumphed over it, and felt that in Necessity we are free.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS CARLYLE, “Burns,” Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, vol. 1 (vol. 29 of The Works of Thomas Carlyle, ed. H. D. Traill), p. 295 (1899, reprinted 1969). Book review in the Edinburgh Review, no. 96, 1828.