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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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History is the distillation of rumour. Thomas Carlyle
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It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe. Thomas Carlyle
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The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change. Thomas Carlyle
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Painful for a person is rebellious independence, only in loving companionship with his associates does a person feel safe: Only in reverently bowing down before the higher does a person feel exalted. 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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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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No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself. Thomas Carlyle
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Success in life, in anything, depends upon the number of persons that one can make himself agreeable to. Thomas Carlyle
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Also, what mountains of dead ashes, wreck and burnt bones, does assiduous pedantry dig up from the past time and name it History. Thomas Carlyle
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This little life has its duties that are great-that are alone great, and that go up to heaven and down to hell. Thomas Carlyle
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The grand result of schooling is a mind with just vision to discern, with free force to do: the grand schoolmaster is Practice. Thomas Carlyle
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