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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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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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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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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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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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Worship of a hero is transcendent admiration of a great man. Thomas Carlyle
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It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defeats than to boast of our attainments. 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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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
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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
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If they could forget for a moment the correggiosity of Correggio and the learned babble of the sale-room and varnishing Auctioneer. Thomas Carlyle
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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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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
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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
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Money, which is of very uncertain value, and sometimes has no value at all and even less. Thomas Carlyle
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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
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Little dew-drops of celestial melody. Thomas Carlyle
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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
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Light; or, failing that, lightning: the world can take its choice. Thomas Carlyle
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A crowd has the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Thomas Carlyle
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Everywhere in life the true question is, not what we have gained, but what we do. Thomas Carlyle
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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
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Macaulay is well for a while, but one wouldn't live under Niagara. Thomas Carlyle
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No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people. Thomas Carlyle
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Ridicule is the language of the devil. Thomas Carlyle
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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
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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
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What is aristocracy? A corporation of the best, of the bravest. Thomas Carlyle
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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
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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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