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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures. 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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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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Is not light grander than fire? It is the same element in a state of purity. Thomas Carlyle
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To believe practically that the poor and luckless are here only as a nusiance to be abraded and abated, and in some permissable manner made away with, and swept out of sight, is not an amiable faith. Thomas Carlyle
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Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with; as if, observes our author himself, any originality but our own could be expected to content us! In fact all strange thing are apt, without fault of theirs, to estrange us at first view, and unhappily scarcely anything is perfectly plain, but what is also perfectly common. 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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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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Fame is no sure test of merit. 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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All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls! Thomas Carlyle
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Faith is loyalty to some inspired teacher, some spiritual hero. Thomas Carlyle
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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose. ... Get your happiness out of your work or you will never know what real happiness is. ... Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work. Thomas Carlyle
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In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men-genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion. Thomas Carlyle
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Authors are the vanguard in the march of mind, the intellectual backwoodsmen, reclaiming from the idle wilderness new territories for the thought and activity of their happier brethren. Thomas Carlyle
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There is in man a higher than love of happiness; he can do without happiness, and instead thereof find blessedness. Thomas Carlyle
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Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance. Thomas Carlyle
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It is a fact which escapes no one, that, generally speaking, whoso is acquainted with his worth has but a little stock to cultivate acquaintance with. Thomas Carlyle
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The great law of culture is, Let each become all that he was created capable of being; expand, if possible, to his full growth; resisting all impediments, casting off all foreign, especially all noxious adhesions, and show himself at length in his own shape and stature be these what they may. Thomas Carlyle
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A dandy is a clothes-wearing man-a man whose trade, office, and existence consist in the wearing of clothes. Every faculty of his soul, spirit, person and purse is heroically consecrated to this one object-the wearing of clothes, wisely and well; so that, as others dress to live, he lives to dress. Thomas Carlyle
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Unity, agreement, is always silent or soft-voiced; it is only discord that loudly proclaims itself. Thomas Carlyle
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