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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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Cash-payment is not the sole nexus of man with man. Thomas Carlyle
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Violence does even justice unjustly. 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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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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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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The sincere alone can recognize sincerity. Thomas Carlyle
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Leaders: Captains of industry. Thomas Carlyle
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Every man has a coward and hero in his soul. Thomas Carlyle
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Be not the slave of Words. Thomas Carlyle
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Not all his men may sever this, It yields to friends', not monarchs', calls; My whinstone house my castle is- I have my own four walls. Thomas Carlyle
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We are firm believers in the maxim that for all right judgment of any man or thing it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad. Thomas Carlyle
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A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one. Thomas Carlyle
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Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, - Necessity and Free Will. Thomas Carlyle
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Hadst thou not Greek enough to understand thus much: The end of man is an Action, and not a Thought, though it were the noblest. Thomas Carlyle
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It depends on what we read, after all manner of Professors have done their best for us. Thomas Carlyle
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The suffering man ought really 'to consume his own smoke'; there is no good in emitting smoke till you have made it into fire, - which, in the metaphorical sense too, all smoke is capable of becoming! Thomas Carlyle
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How inexpressibly comfortable to know our fellowcreature; to see into him, understand his goingsforth, decipher the whole heart of his mystery: nay, not only to see into him, but even to see out of him, to view the world altogether as he views it. Thomas Carlyle
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Of representative assemblies may not this good be said: That contending parties in a country do thereby ascertain one another's strength? They fight there, since fight they must, by petition, parliamentary eloquence, not by sword, bayonet and bursts of military cannon. Thomas Carlyle
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Clear undeniable right, clear undeniable might: either of these once ascertained puts an end to battle. All battle is a confused experiment to ascertain one and both of these. Thomas Carlyle
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Lives there the man that can figure a naked Duke of Windlestraw addressing a naked House of Lords? Thomas Carlyle
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Pleasure is the last resort of the desperate. Happy people do not need to be amused. Thomas Carlyle
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Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual hostility. Thomas Carlyle
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Perseverance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle
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A fundamental mistake to call vehemence and rigidity strength! A man is not strong who takes convulsion-fits; though six men cannot hold him then. He that can walk under the heaviest weight without staggering, he is the strong man... A man who cannot hold his peace, till the time come for speaking and acting, is no right man. Thomas Carlyle
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The illuminable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb, for we have no word to speak about it. Thomas Carlyle
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[This saying of Alphonso about Ptolemy's astronomy, that] it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice. Thomas Carlyle
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To-day is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope. Thomas Carlyle
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Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among Mankind. Thomas Carlyle
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The chambers of the East are opened in every land, and the sun come forth to sow the earth with orient pearl. Night, the ancient mother, follows him with her diadem of stars. Bright creatures! how they gleam like spirits through the shadows of innumerable eyes from their thrones in the boundless depths of heaven. Thomas Carlyle
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To redeem a world sunk in dishonesty has not been given them. Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control. Him redeem, him make honest. Thomas Carlyle
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A certain man has called us, of all peoples the wisest in action, but he added, the stupidest in speech. 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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All history is a Bible - a thing stated in words by me more than once. 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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Hero-worship is the deepest root of all; the tap-root, from which in a great degree all the rest were nourished and grown... Worship of a Hero is transcendent admiration of a Great Man. I say great men are still admirable; I say there is, at bottom, nothing else admirable! No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of men. Thomas Carlyle
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The great silent man! Looking round on the noisy inanity of the world, - words with little meaning, actions with little worth, - one loves to reflect on the great Empire of Silence. Thomas Carlyle
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There is but one thing without honor, smitten with eternal barrenness, inability to do or to be, - insincerity, unbelief. Thomas Carlyle
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Hunger whets everything, especially Suspicion and Indignation. Thomas Carlyle
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To each is given a certain inward talent, a certain outward environment or fortune; to each by wisest combination of these two, a certain maximum capacity. Thomas Carlyle
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Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom. Thomas Carlyle
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