Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Carlyle (17951881)
Of America it would ill beseem any Englishman, and me perhaps as little as another, to speak unkindly, to speak unpatriotically, if any of us even felt so. Sure enough, America is a great, and in many respects a blessed and hopeful phenomenon. Sure enough, these hardy millions of Anglosaxon men prove themselves worthy of their genealogy . But as to a Model Republic, or a model anything, the wise among themselves know too well that there is nothing to be said . Their Constitution, such as it may be, was made here, not there . Cease to brag to me of America, and its model institutions and constitutions.
THOMAS CARLYLE, Latter-Day Pamphlets, no. 1, pp. 23, 24 (1850).