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Thomas Carlyle
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Genius (which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all). Thomas Carlyle

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

Schiller, first published in Fraser's Magazine (1831). Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I lead a most dyspeptic, solitary, self-shrouded life: consuming, if possible in silence, my considerable daily allotment of pain. Thomas Carlyle

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

It were better to perish than to continue schoolmastering. Thomas Carlyle

Society is founded upon cloth. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

Writing is a dreadful Labour, yet not so dreadful as Idleness. Thomas Carlyle

In a certain sense all men are historians. Thomas Carlyle

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

How great a Possibility, how small a realized Result. Thomas Carlyle

Do nothing, only keep agitating, debating; and things will destroy themselves. Thomas Carlyle

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

Out of Eternity the new day is born; Into Eternity at night will return. Thomas Carlyle

Work earnestly at anything, you will by degrees learn to work at all things. Thomas Carlyle

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

Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. Thomas Carlyle

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. Thomas Carlyle

No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Let me have my own way in exactly everything and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist. Thomas Carlyle

Neither in tailoring nor in legislating does man proceed by mere accident. Thomas Carlyle

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

We have not the love of greatness, but the love of the love of greatness. Thomas Carlyle

He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of virtuous living. Thomas Carlyle

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

Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. Thomas Carlyle

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself. Thomas Carlyle

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

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thomas Carlyle

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against. Thomas Carlyle

The eye sees what it brings the power to see. Thomas Carlyle

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

Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is. Thomas Carlyle

The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was. Thomas Carlyle

Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding. Thomas Carlyle

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

It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Eternity looks grander and kinder if time grow meaner and more hostile. Thomas Carlyle

The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past. Thomas Carlyle

Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part dupes. Thomas Carlyle

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

The whole past is the procession of the present. Thomas Carlyle

The archenemy is the arch stupid! Thomas Carlyle

My books are friends that never fail me. Thomas Carlyle

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the Devil; for which reason I have, long since, as good as renounced it. Thomas Carlyle

Friendship, in the old heroic sense of that term, no longer exists. It is in reality no longer expected or recognized as a virtue among men. Thomas Carlyle

In private life I never knew anyone interfere with other people's disputes but he heartily repented of it. Thomas Carlyle

'Genius' which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all. Thomas Carlyle

Experience takes dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other. Thomas Carlyle

A silent, great soil; he was one of those who cannot but be in earnest; whom Nature herself has appointed to be sincere. Thomas Carlyle

The greatest of all heroes is One - whom we do not name here! Let sacred silence meditate that sacred matter; you will find it the ultimate perfection of a principle extant throughout man's whole history on earth. Thomas Carlyle

If they could forget for a moment the correggiosity of Correggio and the learned babble of the sale-room and varnishing Auctioneer. Thomas Carlyle

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world. Thomas Carlyle

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