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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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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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History is the distillation of rumour. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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