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Thomas Carlyle
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Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go. Thomas Carlyle
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Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself. Thomas Carlyle
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Nature admits no lie. Thomas Carlyle
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Nakedness, hunger, distress of all kinds, death itself have been cheerfully suffered, when the heart was right. It is the feeling of injustice that is insupportable to all men. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Fame is no sure test of merit. Thomas Carlyle
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The mathematics of high achievement 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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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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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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He that has a secret should not only hide it, but hide that he has it to hide. Thomas Carlyle
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The difference between Orthodoxy or Mydoxy and Heterodoxy or Thy-doxy. Thomas Carlyle
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The history of the world is but the biography of great men. 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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