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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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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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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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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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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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The nobleness of silence. The highest melody dwells only in silence,-the sphere melody, the melody of health. Thomas Carlyle
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When I gaze into the stars, they look down upon me with pity from their serene and silent spaces, like eyes glistening with tears over the little lot of man. Thousands of generations, all as noisy as our own, have been swallowed up by time, and there remains no record of them any more. Yet Arcturus and Orion, Sirius and Pleiades, are still shining in their courses, clear and young, as when the shepherd first noted them in the plain of Shinar! Thomas Carlyle
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The deepest depth of vulgarism is that of setting up money as the ark of the covenant. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you don't 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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Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, Necessity and Freewill. Thomas Carlyle
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The Age of Miracles past? The Age of Miracles is for ever here! Thomas Carlyle
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What is nature? Art thou not the living government of God? O Heaven, is it in very deed He then that ever speaks through thee, - that lives and loves in thee, that lives and loves in me? Thomas Carlyle
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Innumerable are the illusions and legerdemain tricks of custom: but of all of these, perhaps the cleverest is her knack of persuading us that the miraculous, by simple repetition, ceases to be miraculous. Thomas Carlyle
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Considering the multitude of mortals that handle the pen in these days, and can mostly spell, and write without glaring violations of grammar, the question naturally arises: How is it, then, that no work proceeds from them, bearing any stamp of authenticity and permanence; of worth for more than one day? Thomas Carlyle, Biography (1832) If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; all art and authorcraft are of small amount to that. 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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