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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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Just in the ratio knowledge increases, faith decreases. Thomas Carlyle
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This London City, with all of its houses, palaces, steam-engines, cathedrals, and huge immeasurable traffic an tumult, what is it but a Thought, but millions of Thoughts made into One-a huge immeasurable Spirit of a Thought, embodied in brick, in iron, smoke, dust, Palaces, Parliaments, Hackney Coaches, Katherine Docks, and the rest of it! Not a brick was made but some man had to think of the making of that brick. 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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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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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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He who has no vision of eternity has no hold on time. Thomas Carlyle
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Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. Thomas Carlyle
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The Public is an old woman. Let her maunder and mumble. Thomas Carlyle
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A healthy hatred of scoundrels. Thomas Carlyle
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Genius (which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all). Thomas Carlyle
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This great maxim of Philosophy he had gathered by the teaching of nature alone: That man was created to work, not to speculate, or feel, or dream. Thomas Carlyle
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Schiller, first published in Fraser's Magazine (1831). Thomas Carlyle
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Innumerable are the illusions and legerdemain-tricks of Custom: but of all 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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No lie you can speak or act but it will come, after longer or shorter circulation, like a Bill drawn on Nature's Reality, and be presented there for payment, - with the answer, No effects. Thomas Carlyle
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Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity: men now even die, and kill one another, in an artificial manner. Thomas Carlyle
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Enjoying things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. 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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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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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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The person who cannot wonder is but a pair of spectacles behind which there is no eye. Thomas Carlyle
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Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. 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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Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy. Thomas Carlyle
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Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul. Thomas Carlyle
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Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it? Thomas Carlyle
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He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing. Thomas Carlyle
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Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go. Thomas Carlyle
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Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself. Thomas Carlyle
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Nature admits no lie. Thomas Carlyle
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Nakedness, hunger, distress of all kinds, death itself have been cheerfully suffered, when the heart was right. It is the feeling of injustice that is insupportable to all men. Thomas Carlyle
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Worship of a hero is transcendent admiration of a great man. Thomas Carlyle
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It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defeats than to boast of our attainments. Thomas Carlyle
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The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit. Thomas Carlyle
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As there is no danger of our becoming, any of us, Mahometans (i.e. Muslim), I mean to say all the good of him I justly can... Thomas Carlyle
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When Pococke inquired of Grotius, where the proof was of that story of the pigeon, trained to pick peas from Mahomet's (Muhammad's) ear, and pass for an angel dictating to him? Grotius answered that there was no proof!... Thomas Carlyle
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Eternity looks grander and kinder if time grow meaner and more hostile. Thomas Carlyle
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The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past. Thomas Carlyle
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Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part dupes. Thomas Carlyle
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History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature, his earliest expression of what may be called thought. Thomas Carlyle
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The whole past is the procession of the present. Thomas Carlyle
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The archenemy is the arch stupid! Thomas Carlyle
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If you will believe me, you who are young, yours is the golden season of life. As you have heard it called, so it verily is, the seed-time of life; in which, if you do not sow, or if you sow tares instead of wheat, you cannot expect to reap well afterwards, and you will arrive at little. And in the course of years when you come to look back, if you have not done what you have heard from your advisers,-and among many counsellors there is wisdom,-you will bitterly repent when it is too late. Thomas Carlyle
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No good book or good thing of any kind shows it best face at first. No the most common quality of in a true work of art that has excellence and depth, is that at first sight it produces a certain disappointment. Thomas Carlyle
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A man's perfection is his work. Thomas Carlyle
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