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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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In a certain sense all men are historians. Thomas Carlyle
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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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I have no patience whatever with these gorilla damnifications of humanity. 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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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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The person who cannot wonder is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye. Thomas Carlyle
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He who has no vision of eternity has no hold on time. Thomas Carlyle
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Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom. 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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Except by name, Jean Paul Friedrich Richter is little known out of Germany. The only thing connected with him, we think, that has reached this country is his saying,-imported by Madame de Stael, and thankfully pocketed by most newspaper critics,-"Providence has given to the French the empire of the land; to the English that of the sea; to the Germans that of-the air!" Richter: German humorist & prose writer. 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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To me the Universe was all void of Life, of Purpose, of Volition, even of Hostility; it was one huge, dead, immeasurable Steam-engine, rolling on, in its dead indifference, to grind me limb from limb. Oh vast gloomy, solitary Golgotha, and Mill of Death! Why was the living banished thither companionless, conscious? Why, if there is no Devil; nay, unless the Devil is your God? Thomas Carlyle
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A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures. 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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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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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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Great men are the inspired texts of that divine Book of Revelations, whereof a chapter is completed from epoch to epoch, and by some named History. Thomas Carlyle
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How great a Possibility, how small a realized Result. Thomas Carlyle
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Do nothing, only keep agitating, debating; and things will destroy themselves. Thomas Carlyle
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Men are grown mechanical in head and in the heart, as well as in the hand. They have lost faith in individual endeavour, and in natural force of any kind. Thomas Carlyle
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Out of Eternity the new day is born; Into Eternity at night will return. Thomas Carlyle
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Work earnestly at anything, you will by degrees learn to work at all things. Thomas Carlyle
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Such is the world. Understand it, despise it, love it; cheerfully hold on thy way through it, with thy eye on highest loadstars! Thomas Carlyle
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Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. 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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Infinite is the help man can yield to man. Thomas Carlyle
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The mystical bond of brotherhood makes all men brothers. 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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The choking, sweltering, deadly, and killing rule of no rule; the consecration of cupidity and braying of folly, and dim stupidity and baseness, in most of the affairs of men. Slopshirts attainable three-halfpence cheaper by the ruin of living bodies and immortal souls. Thomas Carlyle
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Lies exist only to be extinguished. Thomas Carlyle
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Generations are as the days of toilsome mankind; death and birth are the vesper and the matin bells that summon mankind to sleep and to rise refreshed for new advancement. What the father has made, the son can make and enjoy; but has also work of his own appointed him. Thus all things wax and roll onwards: arts, establishments, opinions, nothing is ever completed, but ever completing. Thomas Carlyle
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An everlasting lodestar, that beams the brighter in the heavens the darker here on earth grows the night. Thomas Carlyle
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Roguery is thought by some to be cunning and laughable: it is neither; it is devilish. Thomas Carlyle
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What a wretched thing is all fame! A renown of the highest sort endures, say, for two thousand years. And then? Why, then, a fathomless eternity swallows it. Work for eternity; not the meagre rhetorical eternity of the periodical critics, but for the real eternity wherein dwelleth the Divine. Thomas Carlyle
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Habit and imitation-there is nothing more perennial in us than these two. They are the source of all working, and all apprenticeship, of all practice, and all learning, in this world. Thomas Carlyle
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Labor is life: from the inmost heart of the worker rises his God-given force, the sacred celestial life-essence breathed into him by Almighty God! Thomas Carlyle
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Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in heaven. Thomas Carlyle
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A pygmy standing on the outward crust of this small planet, his far-reaching spirit stretches outward to the infinite, and there alone finds rest. Thomas Carlyle
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