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Source Notes: Source: THOMAS CARLYLE, Latter-Day Pamphlets, no. 6, p. 15 .Carlyle used this phrase several times in the pamphlet to refer to the citizens of Great Britain.Champ Clark, referring to this remark added, While the percentage of fools in this country is not so large, there are still enough to fatten the swindlers. The percentage of fools in this country is not so great as Carlyle states it, but nevertheless it is quite large.Champ Clark, My Quarter Century of American Politics, p. 213 . Clark was Speaker of the House from 19111919.
Thomas Carlyle (December 4, 1795 - February 5, 1881) was a Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian, whose work was hugely influential during the Victorian era. Coming from a strictly Calvinist family, Carlyle was expected by his parents to become a preacher. However, while at the University of Edinburgh he lost his Christian faith. Nevertheless Calvinist values remained with him throughout his life. This combination of a religious temperament with loss of faith in traditional Christianity made Carlyle's work appealing to many Victorians who were grappling with scientific and political changes that threatened the traditional social order.