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Thomas Carlyle
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No man at bottom means injustice; it is always for some obscure distorted image of a right that he contends: an obscure image diffracted, exaggerated, in the wonderfulest way by natural dimness and selfishness; getting tenfold more diffracted by exasperation of contest, till at length it become all but irrecognis-able. Thomas Carlyle
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Oblivion is the dark page, whereon Memory writes her light-beam characters, and makes them legible; were it all light, nothing could be read there, any more than if it were all darkness. Thomas Carlyle
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The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut-out for him in the world, and does not go into it. For work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind,honest work, which you intend getting done. Thomas Carlyle
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All sorts of Heroes are intrinsically of the same material; that given a great soul, open to the Divine Significance of Life, then there is given a man fit to speak of this, to sing of this, to fight and work for this, in a great, victorious, enduring manner; there is given a Hero, - the outward shape of whom will depend on the time and the environment he finds himself in. Thomas Carlyle
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The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala is that Husain and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Husain, despite his minority, marvels me! Thomas Carlyle
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All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble. Thomas Carlyle
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The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive. Thomas Carlyle
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Are not our greatest men as good as lost? The men that walk daily among us, warming us, feeding us, walk shrouded in darkness, mere mythic men. 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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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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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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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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Thought, true labor of any kind, highest virtue itself, is it not the daughter of Pain? Thomas Carlyle
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He that has a secret to hide should not only hide it but hide that he has to hide it. 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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A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. Thomas Carlyle
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Properly speaking, all true work is religion. 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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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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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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No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses. 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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