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Thomas Carlyle
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The older I grow - and I now stand upon the brink of eternity - the more comes back to me that sentence in the Catechism which I learned when a child, and the fuller and deeper its meaning becomes, What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Thomas Carlyle

All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been it is lying in as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. Thomas Carlyle

Money, which is of very uncertain value, and sometimes has no value at all and even less. 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

Success in life, in anything, depends upon the number of persons that one can make himself agreeable to. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A man's perfection is his work. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

Society is founded upon Cloth; Thomas Carlyle

Faith is loyalty to some inspired teacher, some spiritual hero. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

There is in man a higher than love of happiness; he can do without happiness, and instead thereof find blessedness. Thomas Carlyle

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

Unity, agreement, is always silent or soft-voiced; it is only discord that loudly proclaims itself. Thomas Carlyle

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

Whose school-hours are all the days and nights of our existence. Thomas Carlyle

To be true is manly, chivalrous, Christian; to be false is mean, cowardly, devilish. Thomas Carlyle

The leafy blossoming present time springs from the whole past, remembered and unrememberable. Thomas Carlyle

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

Not one false man but doth uncountable evil. Thomas Carlyle

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

Just in ratio as knowledge increases, faith diminishes. Thomas Carlyle

All true work is sacred. Thomas Carlyle

A word spoken in season, at the right moment; is the mother of ages. Thomas Carlyle

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

Time has only a relative existence. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

The mathematics of high achievement Thomas Carlyle

Little dew-drops of celestial melody. Thomas Carlyle

No man at bottom means injustice; it is always for some obscure distorted image of a right that he contends: an obscure image diffracted, exaggerated, in the wonderfulest way, by natural dimness and selfishness; getting tenfold more diffracted by exasperation of contest, till at length it become all but irrecognisable. Thomas Carlyle

Light; or, failing that, lightning: the world can take its choice. Thomas Carlyle

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

Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books! Thomas Carlyle

The eye of the intellect sees in all objects what it brought with it the means of seeing. Thomas Carlyle

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

Whoso belongs only to his own age, and reverences only its gilt Popinjays or smoot-smeared Mumbojumbos, must needs die with it. Thomas Carlyle

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

He that has a secret should not only hide it, but hide that he has it to hide. Thomas Carlyle

The difference between Orthodoxy or Mydoxy and Heterodoxy or Thy-doxy. Thomas Carlyle

The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas Carlyle

A crowd has the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere in life the true question is, not what we have gained, but what we do. Thomas Carlyle

Fancy that thou deservest to be hanged... thou wilt feel it happiness to be only shot: fancy that thou deservest to be hanged in a hair halter, it will be a luxury to die in hemp. Thomas Carlyle

Macaulay is well for a while, but one wouldn't live under Niagara. Thomas Carlyle

No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people. Thomas Carlyle

Ridicule is the language of the devil. Thomas Carlyle

We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named 'fair competition' and so forth, it is a mutual hostility. Thomas Carlyle

What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it. Thomas Carlyle

What is aristocracy? A corporation of the best, of the bravest. Thomas Carlyle

What are your historical Facts; still more your biographical? Wilt thou know a Man... by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts? Thomas Carlyle

History is the distillation of rumour. Thomas Carlyle

Is not light grander than fire? It is the same element in a state of purity. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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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