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Thomas Carlyle
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Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you. Thomas Carlyle
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Freedom is the one purport, wisely aimed at, or unwisely, of all man's struggles, toilings and sufferings, in this earth. Thomas Carlyle
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Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. It is character which builds an existence out of circumstance. From the same materials one man builds palaces, another hovels; one warehouses, another villas; bricks and mortar are mortar and bricks until the architect can make them something else. Thomas Carlyle
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We have not the love of greatness, but the love of the love of greatness. Thomas Carlyle
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He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of virtuous living. Thomas Carlyle
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No person was every rightly understood until they had been first regarded with a certain feeling, not of tolerance, but of sympathy. Thomas Carlyle
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Speech is of time, silence is of eternity. Thomas Carlyle
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If Hero means sincere man, why may not every one of us be a Hero? Thomas Carlyle
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It is not honest inquiry that makes anarchy; but it is error, insincerity, half belief and untruth that make it. Thomas Carlyle
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Rightly viewed no meanest object is insignificant; all objects are as windows through which the philosophic eye looks into infinitude itself. Thomas Carlyle
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Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men. Thomas Carlyle
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Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man. Thomas Carlyle
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The universe is but one vast Symbol of God. Thomas Carlyle
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For the superior morality, of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this superior morality is properly rather an inferior criminality, produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion. Thomas Carlyle
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Have not I myself known five hundred living soldiers sabred into crows' meat for a piece of glazed cotton, which they call their flag; which had you sold it at any market-cross, would not have brought above three groschen? Thomas Carlyle
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The hell of these days is the fear of not getting along, especially of not making money. Thomas Carlyle
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That a Parliament, especially a Parliament with Newspaper Reporters firmly established in it, is an entity which by its very nature cannot do work, but can do talk only. Thomas Carlyle
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Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. Thomas Carlyle
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If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. Thomas Carlyle
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Let me have my own way in exactly everything and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist. Thomas Carlyle
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Neither in tailoring nor in legislating does man proceed by mere accident. 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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Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. Thomas Carlyle
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The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself. Thomas Carlyle
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It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale. Thomas Carlyle
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Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thomas Carlyle
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Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against. Thomas Carlyle
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The eye sees what it brings the power to see. Thomas Carlyle
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If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else. Thomas Carlyle
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Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is. Thomas Carlyle
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The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was. Thomas Carlyle
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Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding. Thomas Carlyle
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It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five. Thomas Carlyle
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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. Thomas Carlyle
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No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle
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When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. Thomas Carlyle
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The devil has his elect. Thomas Carlyle
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The beginning of all wisdom is to look fixedly on clothes, or even with armed eyesight, till they become transparent. Thomas Carlyle
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A man lives by believing something. Thomas Carlyle
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What unknown seas of feeling lie in man, and will from time to time break through! Thomas Carlyle
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A man should be encouraged to do what the Maker of him has intended by the making of him, according as the gifts have been bestowed on him for that purpose. Thomas Carlyle
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... There is always hope in a man who actually and earnestly works. Thomas Carlyle
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Cherish what is dearest while you have it near you, and wait not till it is far away. Blind and deaf that we are; oh, think, if thou yet love anybody living, wait not till death sweep down the paltry little dust clouds and dissonances of the moment, and all be made at last so mournfully clear and beautiful, when it is too late. Thomas Carlyle
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In a symbol there is concealment and yet revelation: here therefore, by silence and by speech acting together, comes a double significance. In the symbol proper, what we can call a symbol, there is ever, more or less distinctly and directly, some embodiment and revelation of the Infinite; the Infinite is made to blend itself with the Finite, to stand visible, and as it were, attainable there. By symbols, accordingly, is man guided and commanded, made happy, made wretched. Thomas Carlyle
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Intellect is the soul of man, the only immortal part of him. Thomas Carlyle
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Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another and all against evil only. Thomas Carlyle
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There needs not a great soul to make a hero; there needs a god-created soul which will be true to its origin; that will be a great soul! Thomas Carlyle
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A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures. Thomas Carlyle
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And there are Ben [Jonson] and William Shakespeare in wit-combat, sure enough; Ben bearing down like a mighty Spanish war-ship, fraught with all learning and artillery; Shakespeare whisking away from him - whisking right through him, athwart the big bulk and timbers of him; like a miraculous Celestial Light-ship, woven all of sheet-lightning and sunbeams! Thomas Carlyle
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After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. Thomas Carlyle
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This we take it is the grand characteristic of our age. By our skill in Mechanism, it has come to pass, that in the management ofexternal things we excel all other ages; while in whatever respects the pure moral nature, in true dignity of soul and character, we are perhaps inferior to most civilised ages. Thomas Carlyle
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Lives the man that can figure a naked Duke of Windlestraw addressing a naked House of Lords? Thomas Carlyle
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I don't pretend to understand the Universe- it's a great deal bigger than I am... People ought to be modester. Thomas Carlyle
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No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense. Thomas Carlyle
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A terrible, beetle-browed, mastiff-mouthed, yellow-skinned, broad-bottomed, grim-taciturn individual; with a pair of dull-cruel-looking black eyes, and as much Parliamentary intellect and silent-rage in him... as I have ever seen in any man. Thomas Carlyle
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If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... 'Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear. Thomas Carlyle
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I lead a most dyspeptic, solitary, self-shrouded life: consuming, if possible in silence, my considerable daily allotment of pain. Thomas Carlyle
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Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. It is character which builds an existence out of circumstance. Thomas Carlyle
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It were better to perish than to continue schoolmastering. Thomas Carlyle
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Society is founded upon cloth. Thomas Carlyle
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Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Thomas Carlyle
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The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. Thomas Carlyle
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What I loved in the man was his health, his unity with himself; all people and all things seemed to find their quite peaceable adjustment with him... Thomas Carlyle
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Writing is a dreadful Labour, yet not so dreadful as Idleness. Thomas Carlyle
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I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing - a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil. Thomas Carlyle
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Life is a little gleam of time between two eternity s. Thomas Carlyle
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A thinking man is the worst enemy the Prince of Darkness can have; every time such a one announces himself, I doubt not there runs a shudder through the nether empire; and new emissaries are trained with new tactics, to, if possible, entrap him, and hoodwink and handcuff him. Thomas Carlyle
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Force, force, everywhere force; we ourselves a mysterious force in the center of that. There is not a leaf rotting on the highway but has force in it; how else could it rot? Thomas Carlyle
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It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defects than to boast of our attainments. Thomas Carlyle
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Great is self-denial! Life goes all to ravels and tatters where that enters not. Thomas Carlyle
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