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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught. Thomas Carlyle
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Hunger whets everything, especially Suspicion and Indignation. 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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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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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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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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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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Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come. Thomas Carlyle
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