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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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Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul. Thomas Carlyle
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Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of 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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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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The mathematics of high achievement 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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My books are friends that never fail me. 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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'Genius' which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all. Thomas Carlyle
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Experience takes dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other. 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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Close thy Byron ; open thy Goethe . Thomas Carlyle
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Misery which, through long ages, had no spokesman, no helper, will now be its own helper and speak for itself. 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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Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ. Thomas Carlyle
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Experience is the best of school masters, only the school fees are heavy. 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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Philosophy dwells aloft in the Temple of Science, the divinity of its inmost shrine; her dictates descend among men, but she herself descends not : whoso would behold her must climb with long and laborious effort, nay, still linger in the forecourt, till manifold trial have proved him worthy of admission into the interior solemnities. Thomas Carlyle
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Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser. Thomas Carlyle
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Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business: and gives in the long run a net result of zero. 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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Parties on the back of Parties, at war with the world and with each other. Thomas Carlyle
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Armed Soldier, terrible as Death, relentless as Doom; doing God's judgement on the Enemies of God. It is a phenomenon not of joyful nature; no, but of awful, to be looked at with pious terror and awe. Thomas Carlyle
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All work of man is as the swimmer's: a vast ocean threatens to devour him; if he front it not bravely, it will keep its word. Thomas Carlyle
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Affectation is the product of falsehood. Thomas Carlyle
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Is not cant the materia prima of the devil, from which all falsehoods, imbecilities, abominations, body themselves, from which no true thing can come? For cant is itself the properly a double-distilled lie, the second power of a lie. Thomas Carlyle
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What the light of your mind, which is the direct inspiration of the Almighty, pronounces incredible, that, in God's name, leave uncredited. At your peril do not try believing that! Thomas Carlyle
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Earnestness alone makes life eternity. Thomas Carlyle
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Alas! we know that ideals can never be completely embodied in practice. Ideals must ever lie a great way off-and we will thankfully content ourselves with any not intolerable approximation thereto! Let no man, as Schiller says, too querulously "measure by a scale of perfection the meager product of reality" in this poor world of ours. Thomas Carlyle
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The civil authority, or that part of it which remained faithful to their trust and true to the ends of the covenant, did, in answer to their consciences, turn out a tyrant, in a way which the Christians in aftertimes will mention with honor, and all tyrants in the world look at with fear. Thomas Carlyle
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Shakespeare says, we are creatures that look before and after; the more surprising that we do not look around a little, and see what is passing under our very eyes. Thomas Carlyle
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Cease to brag to me of America, and its model institutions and constitutions. America, too, will have to strain its energies, crack its sinews, and all but break its heart, as the rest of us have had to do, in thousand-fold wrestle with the Pythons, and mud-demons, before it can become a babitation for the gods. Thomas Carlyle
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Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; inseparable (for men) yet not hostile, only opposed. Thomas Carlyle
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How indestructibly the good grows, and propagates itself, even among the weedy entanglements of evil. Thomas Carlyle
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The healthy know not of their health, but only the sick: this is the physician's aphorism, and applicable in a far wider sense than he gives it. Thomas Carlyle
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Thou fool! Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom; that idle crag thou sittest on is six thousand years of age. Thomas Carlyle
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A man protesting against error is on the way towards uniting himself with all men that believe in truth. 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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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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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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