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Thomas Carlyle
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In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce,-he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees. Thomas Carlyle
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The modern majesty consists in work. What a man can do is his greatest ornament, and he always consults his dignity by doing it. Thomas Carlyle
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The world is a thing that a man must learn to despise, and even to neglect, before he can learn to reverence it, and work in it and for it. Thomas Carlyle
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Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward. Thomas Carlyle
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The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity. Thomas Carlyle
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The glory of a workman, still more of a master workman, that he does his work well, ought to be his most precious possession; like the honor of a soldier, dearer to him than life. Thomas Carlyle
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He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem. Thomas Carlyle
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No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors. Thomas Carlyle
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Properly speaking, all true work is religion. 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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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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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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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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A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. Thomas Carlyle
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We do everything by custom, even believe by it; our very axioms, let us boast of free-thinking as we may, are oftenest simply such beliefs as we have never heard questioned. Thomas Carlyle
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Self-contemplation is infallibly the symptom of disease. Thomas Carlyle
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Speak not at all, in any wise, till you have somewhat to speak; care not for the reward of your speaking, but simply and with undivided mind for the truth of your speaking. Thomas Carlyle
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No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses. 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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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 old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. 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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It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics. 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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Thought, true labor of any kind, highest virtue itself, is it not the daughter of Pain? Thomas Carlyle
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