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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

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

It's a man's sincerity and depth of vision that makes him a poet. Thomas Carlyle

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

No man is born without ambitious worldly desires. Thomas Carlyle

Eyes bright, with many tears, behind them. Thomas Carlyle

The Highest Being reveals himself in man. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

Terror itself, when once grown transcendental, becomes a kind of courage; as frost sufficiently intense, according to the poet Milton, will burn. Thomas Carlyle

O Time! Time! how it brings forth and devours! And the roaring flood of existence rushes on forever similar, forever changing! Thomas Carlyle

Thought, true labor of any kind, highest virtue itself, is it not the daughter of Pain? Thomas Carlyle

He that has a secret to hide should not only hide it but hide that he has to hide it. Thomas Carlyle

All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught. Thomas Carlyle

Hunger whets everything, especially Suspicion and Indignation. Thomas Carlyle

The steam-engine I call fire-demon and great; but it is nothing to the invention of fire. Thomas Carlyle

Is man's civilization only a wrappage, through which the savage nature of him can still burst, infernal as ever? Thomas Carlyle

The times are very bad. Very well, you are there to make them better. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

There is but one thing without honor, smitten with eternal barrenness, inability to do or to be, - insincerity, unbelief. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

It depends on what we read, after all manner of Professors have done their best for us. Thomas Carlyle

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

Lives there the man that can figure a naked Duke of Windlestraw addressing a naked House of Lords? Thomas Carlyle

Pleasure is the last resort of the desperate. Happy people do not need to be amused. Thomas Carlyle

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

Perseverance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity. Thomas Carlyle

I never heard tell of any clever man that came of entirely stupid people. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

It is well said, in every sense, that a man's religion is the chief fact with regard to him. Thomas Carlyle

He who takes not counsel of the Unseen and Silent, from him will never come real visibility and speech. Thomas Carlyle

Laws themselves, political Constitutions, are not our Life; but only the house wherein our Life is led. Thomas Carlyle

The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. Thomas Carlyle

Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man. Thomas Carlyle

A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. Thomas Carlyle

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

Self-contemplation is infallibly the symptom of disease. Thomas Carlyle

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

No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses. Thomas Carlyle

A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things. Thomas Carlyle

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. Thomas Carlyle

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. Thomas Carlyle

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

A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner. Thomas Carlyle

Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct. Thomas Carlyle

Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness. Thomas Carlyle

Wonder is the basis of worship. Thomas Carlyle

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation? Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. Thomas Carlyle

Thought is the parent of the deed. Thomas Carlyle

Work alone is noble. Thomas Carlyle

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species. Thomas Carlyle

Happy the people whose annals are vacant. Thomas Carlyle

It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics. Thomas Carlyle

Let Time and Chance combine, combine! Let Time and Chance combine! The fairest love from heaven above, That love of yours was mine, My Dear! That love of yours was mine. Thomas Carlyle



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