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Thomas Carlyle
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Habit and imitation - there is nothing more perennial in us than these two. They are the source of all working, and all apprenticeship, of all practice, and all learning, in this world. Thomas Carlyle
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That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy, were it to happen more than twenty times in a minute, as by some computations it does. Thomas Carlyle
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If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that. Thomas Carlyle
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If Jesus Christ were to come to-day, people wouldn't even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. Thomas Carlyle
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Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things. Thomas Carlyle
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Wonderful Force of Public Opinion! We must act and walk in all points as it prescribes; follow the traffic it bids us, realise the sum of money, the degree of influence it expects of us, or we shall be lightly esteemed; Thomas Carlyle
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Scepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get. Thomas Carlyle
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Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. Thomas Carlyle
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O thou that pinest in the imprisonment of the Actual, and criest bitterly to the gods for a kingdom wherein to rule and create, know this for a truth: the thing thou seekest is already here, "here or nowhere," couldst thou only see. Thomas Carlyle
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If you are looking at data over and over you better be taking away valuable insight every time. If you are constantly looking at data that isn't leading to strategic action stop wasting your time and look for more Actionable Analytics. Thomas Carlyle
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Why tell me that a man is a fine speaker, if it is not the truth that he is speaking? Thomas Carlyle
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On the whole, I would bid you stand up to your work, whatever it may be, and not be afraid of it; not in sorrows or contradictions to yield, but to push on towards the goal. Thomas Carlyle
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Respectable Professors of the Dismal Science. Thomas Carlyle
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Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man Thomas Carlyle
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The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love. Thomas Carlyle
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All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone. Thomas Carlyle
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Look around you. Your world-hosts are all in mutiny, in confusion, destitution; on the eve of fiery wreck and madness! They will not march farther for you, on the sixpence a day and supply-demand principle; they will not; nor ought they, nor can they. Ye shall reduce them to order, begin reducing them. to order, to just subordination; noble loyalty in return for noble guidance. Their souls are driven nigh mad; let yours be sane and ever saner. Thomas Carlyle
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Cash-payment is not the sole nexus of man with man. 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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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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It is great, and there is no other greatness-to make one nook of God's Creation more fruitful, better, more worthy of God; to make some human heart a little wiser, manlier, happier-more blessed. Thomas Carlyle
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The graceful minuet-dance of fancy must give place to the toilsome, thorny pilgrimage of understanding. On the transition from the age of romance to that of science. Thomas Carlyle
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Oh, Heaven, it is mysterious, it is awful to consider that we not only carry a future Ghost within us; but are, in very deed, Ghosts! Thomas Carlyle
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The word of Mohammad is a voice direct from nature's own heart - all else is wind in comparison. 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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Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man. Thomas Carlyle
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Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation. 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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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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A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things. Thomas Carlyle
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A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. Thomas Carlyle
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If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. Thomas Carlyle
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Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite. Thomas Carlyle
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A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner. Thomas Carlyle
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Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct. Thomas Carlyle
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Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness. Thomas Carlyle
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Wonder is the basis of worship. Thomas Carlyle
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No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve. Thomas Carlyle
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Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will. Thomas Carlyle
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I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it. Thomas Carlyle
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If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation? Thomas Carlyle
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Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. Thomas Carlyle
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Thought is the parent of the deed. Thomas Carlyle
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Work alone is noble. Thomas Carlyle
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Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species. Thomas Carlyle
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Happy the people whose annals are vacant. Thomas Carlyle
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