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Thomas Carlyle
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No violent extreme endures. Thomas Carlyle
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History, a distillation of rumour. Thomas Carlyle
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I grow daily to honour facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing; a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil. Thomas Carlyle
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The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall. Thomas Carlyle
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The ideal is in thyself, the impediment too is in thyself. Thomas Carlyle
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Hardened round us, encasing wholly every notion we form, is a wrappage of traditions, hearsays, mere words. Thomas Carlyle
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He that can work is a born king of something. Thomas Carlyle
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The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. The greatest of faults, I should say is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle
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Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books. Thomas Carlyle
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Violence does even justice unjustly. Thomas Carlyle
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Speech is great, but silence is greater. Thomas Carlyle
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The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind. Thomas Carlyle
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In a different time, in a different place, it is always some other side of our common human nature that has been developing itself. The actual truth is the sum of all these. Thomas Carlyle
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No age seemed the age of romance to itself. Thomas Carlyle
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To know, to get into the truth of anything, is ever a mystic art, of which the best logic's can but babble on the surface. Thomas Carlyle
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There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out. Thomas Carlyle
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Let him who wants to move and convince others, be first moved and convinced himself. Thomas Carlyle
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Contented saturnine human figures, a dozen or so of them, sitting around a large long table...Perfect equality is to be the rule; no rising or notice taken when anybody enters or leaves. Let the entering man take his place and pipe, without obligatory remarks; if he cannot smoke...let him at least affect to do so, and not ruffle the established stream of things. Thomas Carlyle
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The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity. Thomas Carlyle
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I never heard tell of any clever man that came of entirely stupid people. Thomas Carlyle
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Wealth has more and more increased, and at the same time gathered itself more and more into masses, strangely altering the old relations, and increasing the distance between the rich and the poor. Thomas Carlyle
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Ever, as before, does Madness remain a mysterious-terrific, altogether infernal boiling-up of the Nether Chaotic Deep, through this fair-painted Vision of Creation, which swims thereon, which we name the Real. Thomas Carlyle
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It is well said, in every sense, that a man's religion is the chief fact with regard to him. Thomas Carlyle
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He who takes not counsel of the Unseen and Silent, from him will never come real visibility and speech. Thomas Carlyle
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Laws themselves, political Constitutions, are not our Life; but only the house wherein our Life is led. Thomas Carlyle
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All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught. Thomas Carlyle
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Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect! Thomas Carlyle
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War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against one other. Thomas Carlyle
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Out of the lowest depths there is a path to the loftiest heights. Thomas Carlyle
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The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor. Thomas Carlyle
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The meaning of song goes deep. Who in logical words can explain the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for a moment gaze into that! Thomas Carlyle
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A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. Thomas Carlyle
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What are your Axioms, and Categories, and Systems, and Aphorisms? Words, words.... Be not the slave of Words... Thomas Carlyle
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History is a great dust heap. Thomas Carlyle
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For man is not the creature and product of Mechanism; but, in a far truer sense, its creator and producer. Thomas Carlyle
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A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man. Thomas Carlyle
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God Almighty never created a man half as wise as he looks. Thomas Carlyle
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Speech is too often not the art of concealing thought, but of quite stifling and suspending thought, so that there is none to conceal. Thomas Carlyle
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There is something in man which your science cannot satisfy. Thomas Carlyle
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We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall - which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people. Thomas Carlyle
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A man's religion consists, not of the many things he is in doubt of and tries to believe, but of the few he is assured of and has no need of effort for believing. Thomas Carlyle
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Why multiply instances? It is written, the Heavens and the Earth shall fade away like a Vesture; which indeed they are: the Time-vesture of the Eternal. Whatsoever sensibly exists, whatsoever represents Spirit to Spirit, is properly a Clothing, a suit of Raiment, put on for a season, and to be laid off. Thus in this one pregnant subject of CLOTHES, rightly understood, is included all that men have thought, dreamed, done, and been: the whole External Universe and what it holds is but Clothing; and the essence of all Science lies in the PHILOSOPHY OF CLOTHES. Thomas Carlyle
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Leaders: Captains of industry. Thomas Carlyle
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The end of man is action. Thomas Carlyle
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It is not to taste sweet things; but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero. They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death, are the allurements that act on the heart of man. Kindle the inner genial life of him, you have a flame that burns up all lower considerations. Thomas Carlyle
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Happy season of virtuous youth, when shame is still an impassable barrier, and the sacred air-cities of hope have not shrunk into the mean clay hamlets of reality; and man, by his nature, is yet infinite and free. Thomas Carlyle
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Democracy will itself accomplish the salutary universal change from delusive to real, and make a new blessed world of us by and by. Thomas Carlyle
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The all importance of clothes has sprung up in the intellect of the dandy without effort, like an instinct of genius; he is inspired with clothes, a poet of clothes. Thomas Carlyle
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The philosopher is he to whom the highest has descended, and the lowest has mounted up; who is the equal and kindly brother of all. Thomas Carlyle
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Piety does not mean that a man should make a sour face about things, and refuse to enjoy in moderation what his Maker has given. Thomas Carlyle
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It's a man's sincerity and depth of vision that makes him a poet. Thomas Carlyle
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How, without clothes, could we possess the master organ, soul's seat and true pineal gland of the body social-I mean a purse? Thomas Carlyle
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No man is born without ambitious worldly desires. Thomas Carlyle
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Eyes bright, with many tears, behind them. Thomas Carlyle
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The Highest Being reveals himself in man. Thomas Carlyle
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If I say that Shakespeare is the greatest of intellects, I have said all concerning him. But there is more in Shakespeare's intellect than we have yet seen. It is what I call an unconscious intellect; there is more virtue in it that he himself is aware of. Thomas Carlyle
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A star is beautiful; it affords pleasure, not from what it is to do, or to give, but simply by being what it is. It befits the heavens; it has congruity with the mighty space in which it dwells. It has repose; no force disturbs its eternal peace. It has freedom; no obstruction lies between it and infinity. Thomas Carlyle
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Taste, if it mean anything but a paltry connoisseurship, must mean a general susceptibility to truth and nobleness, a sense to discern, and a heart to love and reverence all beauty, order, goodness, wheresoever, or in whatsoever forms and accompaniments they are to be seen. This surely implies, as its chief condition, not any given external rank or situation, but a finely-gifted mind, purified into harmony with itself, into keenness and justness of vision; above all, kindled into love and generous admiration. Thomas Carlyle
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Terror itself, when once grown transcendental, becomes a kind of courage; as frost sufficiently intense, according to the poet Milton, will burn. Thomas Carlyle
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O Time! Time! how it brings forth and devours! And the roaring flood of existence rushes on forever similar, forever changing! Thomas Carlyle
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Be not the slave of Words. Thomas Carlyle
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Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man. Thomas Carlyle
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The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. Thomas Carlyle
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No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses. Thomas Carlyle
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The steam-engine I call fire-demon and great; but it is nothing to the invention of fire. Thomas Carlyle
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Is man's civilization only a wrappage, through which the savage nature of him can still burst, infernal as ever? Thomas Carlyle
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The times are very bad. Very well, you are there to make them better. Thomas Carlyle
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Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever does or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless changes. Thomas Carlyle
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Youth is to all the glad reason of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes. Thomas Carlyle
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Over the time thou hast no power; to redeem a world sunk in dishonesty has not been given thee; solely over one man therein thou hast a quite absolute, uncontrollable power; him redeem, him make honest. Thomas Carlyle
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