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Thomas Carlyle
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There are female dandies as well as clothes-wearing men; and the former are as objectionable as the latter. Thomas Carlyle

Hardened round us, encasing wholly every notion we form is a wrapping of traditions, hearsay's, and mere words. Thomas Carlyle

It is the feeling of injustice that is insupportable to all men. Thomas Carlyle

All destruction, by violent revolution or however it be, is but new creation on a wider scale. Thomas Carlyle

O poor mortals, how ye make this earth bitter for each other. Thomas Carlyle

Literature is the thought of thinking souls. Thomas Carlyle

A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men. Thomas Carlyle

What this country needs is a man who knows God other than by heresay. Thomas Carlyle

The Christian must be consumed by the conviction of the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnability of sin. Thomas Carlyle

Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. Thomas Carlyle

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose; he has found it, and will follow it! How, as a free-flowing channel, dug and torn by noble force through the sour mud-swamp of one's existence, like an ever-deepening river there, it runs and flows; - draining off the sour festering water, gradually from the root of the remotest grass-blade; making instead of pestilential swamp, a green fruitful meadow with clear-flowing stream. Thomas Carlyle

Rest is a fine medicine. Let your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics; let your brain rest, you wearied and worried men of business; let your limbs rest, ye children of toil! Thomas Carlyle

The curtains of Yesterday drop down, the curtains of To-morrow roll up; but Yesterday and To-morrow both are. Thomas Carlyle

It is not a lucky word, this same impossible; no good comes of those that have it so often in their mouth. Thomas Carlyle

How shall he give kindling in whose own inward man there is no live coal, but all is burnt out to a dead grammatical cinder? Thomas Carlyle

One seems to believe almost all that they believe; and when they stop short and call it a Religion, and you pass on, and call it only a reminiscence of one, should you not part with the kiss of peace? Thomas Carlyle

The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die. Thomas Carlyle

Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity; men now even die, and kill one another, in an artificial manner. Thomas Carlyle

At worst, is not this an unjust world, full of nothing but beasts of prey, four-footed or two-footed? Thomas Carlyle

Feel it in thy heart and then say whether it is of God! Thomas Carlyle

To the mean eye all things are trivial, as certainly as to the jaundiced they are yellow. Thomas Carlyle

Considering the multitude of mortals that handle the pen in these days, and can mostly spell, and write without glaring violations of grammar, the question naturally arises: How is it, then, that no work proceeds from them, bearing any stamp of authenticity and permanence; of worth for more than one day? Thomas Carlyle

In the true Literary Man there is thus ever, acknowledged or not by the world, a sacredness: he is the light of the world; the world's Priest; - guiding it, like a sacred Pillar of Fire, in its dark pilgrimage through the waste of Time. Thomas Carlyle

Man's Unhappiness... comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, with which all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite... Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarreling with the proprietor of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: It is... the Shadow of Ourselves. Thomas Carlyle

It is part of my creed that the only poetry is history, could we tell it right. Thomas Carlyle

We arc the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God. Thomas Carlyle

A man-be the heavens ever praised!-is sufficient for himself. Thomas Carlyle

Woe to him, . . . who has no court of appeal against the world's judgment. Thomas Carlyle

Insurrection, never so necessary, is a most sad necessity; and governors who wait for that to instruct them are surely getting into the fatalest course. Thomas Carlyle

Money, in truth, can do much, but it cannot do all. We must know the province of it, and confine it there, and even spurn it back when it wishes to get farther. Thomas Carlyle

Alas! while the body stands so broad and brawny, must the soul lie blinded, dwarfed, stupefied, almost annihilated? Alas! this was, too, a breath of God, bestowed in heaven, but on earth never to be unfolded! Thomas Carlyle

Thought will not work except in silence. Thomas Carlyle

Well might the ancients make silence a god; for it is the element of all godhood, infinitude, or transcendental greatness, - at once the source and the ocean wherein all such begins and ends. Thomas Carlyle

The unspeakable Turk Thomas Carlyle

The three great elements of modern civilization, gunpowder, printing, and the Protestant religion. Thomas Carlyle

The All of Things is an infinite conjugation of the verb To do. Thomas Carlyle

A fair day's wages for a fair day's work: it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing. It is the everlasting right of man. Thomas Carlyle

A fair day's wage for a fair day's work: it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing. It is the everlasting right of man. Thomas Carlyle

If the cut of the costume indicates intellect and talent, then the color indicates temper and heart. Thomas Carlyle

There is only one post fit for you, and that is the office of perpetual president of the Heaven and Hell Amalgamation Society. Thomas Carlyle

What is philosophy but a continual battle against custom? Thomas Carlyle

Universal history, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here. Thomas Carlyle

The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss. Thomas Carlyle

The true Church of England, at this moment, lies in the Editors of the newspapers. Thomas Carlyle

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen. Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will. Thomas Carlyle

Nature is the time-vesture of God that reveals Him to the wise, and hides him from the foolish. Thomas Carlyle

Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a whole city is affected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation. Thomas Carlyle

Before philosophy can teach by Experience, the Philosophy has to be in readiness, the Experience must be gathered and intelligibly recorded. Thomas Carlyle

High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge. Thomas Carlyle

Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death. Thomas Carlyle

A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. Thomas Carlyle

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation. Thomas Carlyle

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man. Thomas Carlyle

Oh, give us the man who sings at his work. Thomas Carlyle

Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes. Thomas Carlyle

There is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle

Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one. Thomas Carlyle

One monster there is in the world, the idle man. Thomas Carlyle

The Bible is the truest utterance that ever came by alphabetic letters from the soul of man, through which, as through a window divinely opened, all men can look into the stillness of eternity, and discern in glimpses their far-distant, long-forgotten home. Thomas Carlyle

Without kindness there can be no true joy. Thomas Carlyle

I had a lifelong quarrel with God, but in the end we made up. Thomas Carlyle

Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work. Thomas Carlyle

Biography is the only true history. Thomas Carlyle

What I loved in the man was his health, his unity with himself; all people and all things seemed to find their quite peaceable adjustment with him, not a proud domineering one, as after doubtful contest, but a spontaneous-looking peaceable, even humble one. Thomas Carlyle

The Persians are called the French of the East; we will call the Arabs Oriental Italians. A gifted noble people; a people of wildstrong feelings, and of iron restraint over these: the characteristic of noblemindedness, of genius. Thomas Carlyle

Goethe's devil is a cultivated personage and acquainted with the modern sciences; sneers at witchcraft and the black art even while employing them, and doubts most things, nay, half disbelieves even his own existence. Thomas Carlyle

Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all. Thomas Carlyle

Poverty, we may say, surrounds a man with ready-made barriers, which if they do mournfully gall and hamper, do at least prescribe for him, and force on him, a sort of course and goal; a safe and beaten, though a circuitous, course. A great part of his guidance is secure against fatal error, is withdrawn from his control. The rich, again, has his whole life to guide, without goal or barrier, save of his own choosing, and, tempted, is too likely to guide it ill. Thomas Carlyle

Perfect ignorance is quiet, perfect knowledge is quiet; not so the transition from the former to the latter. Thomas Carlyle



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