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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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The mathematics of high achievement 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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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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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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History is the distillation of rumour. Thomas Carlyle
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Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious. Thomas Carlyle
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Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. Thomas Carlyle
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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. Thomas Carlyle
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Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether. Thomas Carlyle
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Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can. Thomas Carlyle
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Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights. Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle
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Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, - till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another. Thomas Carlyle
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Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer. Thomas Carlyle
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No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. Thomas Carlyle
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By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears. Thomas Carlyle
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It is not a lucky word, this name impossible; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths. Thomas Carlyle
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One of the Godlike things of this world is the veneration done to human worth by the hearts of men. Thomas Carlyle
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When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man's soul under formulas of Profit and Loss; and rule over this too, as over a patent engine, by checks, and valves, and balances. Thomas Carlyle
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The condition of the most passionate enthusiast is to be preferred over the individual who, because of the fear of making a mistake, won't in the end affirm or deny anything Thomas Carlyle
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A sad spectacle. If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they be not inhabited, what a waste of space. Thomas Carlyle
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Might and right do differ frightfully from hour to hour, but then centuries to try it in, they are found to be identical. Thomas Carlyle
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Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction. Thomas Carlyle
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He that can work is born to be king of something. Thomas Carlyle
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The actual well seen is ideal. Thomas Carlyle
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It is meritorious to insist on forms; religion and all else naturally clothes itself in forms. Everywhere the formed world is the only habitable one. Thomas Carlyle
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What, in the devil's name, is the use of respectability, with never so many gigs and silver spoons, if thou inwardly art the pitifulness of all men? Thomas Carlyle
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Experience of actual fact either teaches fools or abolishes them. Thomas Carlyle
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Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy! Thomas Carlyle
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That monstrous tuberosity of civilised life, the capital of England. Thomas Carlyle
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Fancy that thou deservest to be hangedthou wilt feel it happiness to be only shot: fancy that thou deservest to be hanged ina hair halter, it will be a luxury to die in hemp. Thomas Carlyle
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persons, with big wigs many of them and austere aspect, whom I take to be Professors of the Dismal Science... Coining "Dismal Science" as a nickname for Political Economy Thomas Carlyle
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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle
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The difference between Socrates and Jesus Christ? The great Conscious; the immeasurably great Unconscious. Thomas Carlyle
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We are not altogether here to tolerate. We are here to resist, to control and vanquish withal. Thomas Carlyle
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Give us, O give us the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time . . . he will do it better . . . he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible to fatigue while he marches to music. The very stars are said to make harmony as they revolve in their spheres. Thomas Carlyle
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Wonderful Force of Public Opinion! We must act and walk in all points as it prescribes; follow the traffic it bids us, realize the sum of money, the degree of influence it expects of us, or we shall be lightly esteemed; certain mouthfuls of articulate wind will be blown at us, and this what mortal courage can front? Thomas Carlyle
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Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light. Thomas Carlyle
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Why did not somebody teach me the constellations, and make me at home in the starry heavens, which are always overhead, and which I don't half know to this day? Thomas Carlyle
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If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all. Thomas Carlyle
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Out of Eternity The new Day is born; Into Eternity At night with return. Thomas Carlyle
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For love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light. Thomas Carlyle
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To the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant. Thomas Carlyle
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How much lies in Laughter: the cipher-key, wherewith we decipher the whole man. Thomas Carlyle
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Hast thou not Greek enough to understand thus much: the end of man is an action and not a thought, though it were of the noblest. Thomas Carlyle
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Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two; but it is sure as life, it is sure as death! Thomas Carlyle
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In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce, - he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees. Thomas Carlyle
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Let him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the dawn may ripen into day, lay this precept well to heart: Do the duty which lies nearest to thee, which thou knowest to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer. Thomas Carlyle
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If that is not God, said Mirabeau, as the sun shone into his death-chamber, it is at least his cousin-german. Thomas Carlyle
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Midas longed for gold. He got gold, so that whatever he touched became gold; and he, with his long ears, was little the better for it. Thomas Carlyle
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