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Thomas Carlyle
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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
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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
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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
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Unity, agreement, is always silent or soft-voiced; it is only discord that loudly proclaims itself. 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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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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History is the distillation of rumour. Thomas Carlyle
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It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe. Thomas Carlyle
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The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change. 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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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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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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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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Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; wherein whoso will not bend must break; too early and too thoroughly we cannot be trained to know that "would," in this world of ours, is a mere zero to "should," and for most part as the smallest of fractions even to "shall. Thomas Carlyle
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Providence has given to the French the empire of the land, to the English that of the sea, to the Germans that of-the air! 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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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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A lie should be trampled on and extinguished wherever found. I am for fumigating the atmosphere when I suspect that falsehood, like pestilence, breathes around me. Thomas Carlyle
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Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments. Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know theyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at. Thomas Carlyle
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If I had my way, the world would hear a pretty stern command - Exit Christ. 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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Music is well said to be the speech of angels. Thomas Carlyle
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The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. Thomas Carlyle
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Dinners are defined as 'the ultimate act of communion;' men that can have communion in nothing else, can sympathetically eat together, can still rise into some glow of brotherhood over food and wine. Thomas Carlyle
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Pain was not given thee merely to be miserable under; learn from it, turn it to account. Thomas Carlyle
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The purpose of man is in action not thought. Thomas Carlyle
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Once turn to practice, error and truth will no longer consort together. Thomas Carlyle
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Innumerable are the illusions and legerdemain-tricks of custom: but of all of these, perhaps the cleverest is her knack of persuading us that the miraculous, by simple repetition, ceases to be miraculous. Thomas Carlyle
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Our very walking is an incessant falling; a falling and a catching of ourselves before we come actually to the pavement. It is emblematic of all things a man does. Thomas Carlyle
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The past is always attractive because it is drained of fear. Thomas Carlyle
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He that will not work according to his faculty, let him perish according to his necessity: there is no law juster than that. Thomas Carlyle
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Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk. 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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Fire is the best of servants, but what a master! Thomas Carlyle
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