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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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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Thomas Carlyle
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Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world. Thomas Carlyle
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Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle
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No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes. Thomas Carlyle
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No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas Carlyle
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The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity. Thomas Carlyle
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Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. Thomas Carlyle
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The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Thomas Carlyle
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Necessity dispenseth with decorum. Thomas Carlyle
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Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong. Thomas Carlyle
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True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. Thomas Carlyle
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No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. Thomas Carlyle
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It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see. Thomas Carlyle
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The true university of these days is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle
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Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness. Thomas Carlyle
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In books lies the soul of the whole past time. 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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Is there no God, then, but at best an absentee God, sitting idle, ever since the first Sabbath, at the outside of his Universe? Thomas Carlyle
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Only perhaps in the United States, which alone of countries can do without governing,every man being at least able to live, and move off into the wilderness, let Congress jargon as it will,can such a form of so-called Government continue for any length of time to torment men with the semblance, when the indispensable substance is not there. Thomas Carlyle
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Manhood begins when we have in any way made truce with Necessity; begins even when we have surrendered to Necessity, as the most part only do; but begins joyfully and hopefully only when we have reconciled ourselves to Necessity; and thus, in reality, triumphed over it, and felt that in Necessity we are free. Thomas Carlyle
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We were wise indeed, could we discern truly the signs of our own time; and by knowledge of its wants and advantages, wisely adjust our own position in it. Let us, instead of gazing idly into the obscure distance, look calmly around us, for a little, on the perplexed scene where we stand. Perhaps, on a more serious inspection, something of its perplexity will disappear, some of its distinctive characters and deeper tendencies more clearly reveal themselves; whereby our own relations to it, our own true aims and endeavors in it, may also become clearer. 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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Society is founded upon Cloth; 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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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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Experience takes dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other. Thomas Carlyle
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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
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In private life I never knew anyone interfere with other people's disputes but he heartily repented of it. 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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All that a university or final highest school. can do for us is still but what the first school began doing-teach us to read. We learn to read in various languages, in various sciences; we learn the alphabet and letters of all manner of books. But the place where we are to get knowledge, even theoretic knowledge, is the books themselves. It depends on what we read, after all manner of professors have done their best for us. The true university of these days is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle
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Whose school-hours are all the days and nights of our existence. Thomas Carlyle
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To be true is manly, chivalrous, Christian; to be false is mean, cowardly, devilish. Thomas Carlyle
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The leafy blossoming present time springs from the whole past, remembered and unrememberable. Thomas Carlyle
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A man ought to inquire and find out what he really and truly has an appetite for; what suits his constitution; and that, doctors tell him, is the very thing he ought to have in general. And so with books. Thomas Carlyle
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Not one false man but doth uncountable evil. Thomas Carlyle
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We observe with confidence that the truly strong mind, view it as intellect or morality, or under any other aspect, is nowise the mind acquainted with its strength; that here the sign of health is unconsciousness. Thomas Carlyle
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Just in ratio as knowledge increases, faith diminishes. Thomas Carlyle
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All true work is sacred. Thomas Carlyle
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A word spoken in season, at the right moment; is the mother of ages. Thomas Carlyle
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Superstition! that horrid incubus which dwelt in darkness, shunning the light, with all its racks, and poison chalices, and foul sleeping draughts, is passing away without return. Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky; but the stars are there and will reappear. Thomas Carlyle
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Time has only a relative existence. Thomas Carlyle
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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
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Here numerous persons, with big wigs many of them, and austere aspect, whom I take to be Professors of the Dismal Science, start up in an agitated vehement manner: but the Premier resolutely beckons them down again Thomas Carlyle
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Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books! Thomas Carlyle
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The eye of the intellect sees in all objects what it brought with it the means of seeing. Thomas Carlyle
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Aesop's Fly, sitting on the axle of the chariot, has been much laughed at for exclaiming: What a dust I do raise! Thomas Carlyle
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Whoso belongs only to his own age, and reverences only its gilt Popinjays or smoot-smeared Mumbojumbos, must needs die with 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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