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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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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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The mathematics of high achievement 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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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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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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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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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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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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So here hath been dawning Another blue Day: Think wilt thou let it Slip useless away. Thomas Carlyle
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He that works and does some Poem, not he that merely says one, is worthy of the name of Poet. Thomas Carlyle
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Literary men are...a perpetual priesthood. Thomas Carlyle
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The uttered part of a man's life, let us always repeat, bears to the unuttered, unconscious part a small unknown proportion. He himself never knows it, much less do others. Thomas Carlyle
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What you see, yet can not see over, is as good as infinite. Thomas Carlyle
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Great men are the inspired (speaking and acting) texts of that divine Book of Revelations, wherof a chapter is completed from epoch to epoch, and by some named History. Thomas Carlyle
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We must get rid of fear. Thomas Carlyle
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The Age of Miracles is forever here! Thomas Carlyle
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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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The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not.... Thomas Carlyle
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A well-written Life is almost as rare as a wellspent one. 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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Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ. 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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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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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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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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