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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cash-payment is not the sole nexus of man with man. Thomas Carlyle
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Properly speaking, all true work is religion. 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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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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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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Every man has a coward and hero in his soul. 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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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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The sincere alone can recognize sincerity. 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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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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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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In a certain sense all men are historians. Thomas Carlyle
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