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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

Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk. Thomas Carlyle

Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ. Thomas Carlyle

Experience is the best of school masters, only the school fees are heavy. Thomas Carlyle

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

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business: and gives in the long run a net result of zero. Thomas Carlyle

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

Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser. Thomas Carlyle

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

Affectation is the product of falsehood. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Earnestness alone makes life eternity. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; inseparable (for men) yet not hostile, only opposed. Thomas Carlyle

How indestructibly the good grows, and propagates itself, even among the weedy entanglements of evil. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

A man protesting against error is on the way towards uniting himself with all men that believe in truth. Thomas Carlyle

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

Parties on the back of Parties, at war with the world and with each other. Thomas Carlyle

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

Fire is the best of servants, but what a master! Thomas Carlyle

What mountains of dead ashes, wreck and burnt bones, does assiduous pedantry dig up from the past time and name it History. Thomas Carlyle

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

A well-written Life is almost as rare as a wellspent one. Thomas Carlyle

So here hath been dawning Another blue Day: Think wilt thou let it Slip useless away. Thomas Carlyle

He that works and does some Poem, not he that merely says one, is worthy of the name of Poet. Thomas Carlyle

Literary men are...a perpetual priesthood. Thomas Carlyle

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

What you see, yet can not see over, is as good as infinite. Thomas Carlyle

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

We must get rid of fear. Thomas Carlyle

The Age of Miracles is forever here! Thomas Carlyle

He has no resolution, he shrinks from pain or labour in any of its shapes. His very attitude bespeaks this: he never straightens his knee joints, he stoops with his fat ill-shapen shoulders, and in walking he does not tread but shovel and slide. Thomas Carlyle

Great men are commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser. Thomas Carlyle

No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the proprietor of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even as I said, the Shadow of Ourselves. Thomas Carlyle

Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man. Thomas Carlyle

Poetry and Religion (and it is really worth knowing) are a product of the smaller intestines'. Thomas Carlyle

Tell a man that he is brave, and you help him become so. Thomas Carlyle

The Persians are called the French of the East; we will call the Arabs Oriental Italians. A gifted noble people; a people of wild strong feelings, and of iron restraint over these: the characteristic of noblemindedness, of genius. Thomas Carlyle

Close thy Byron ; open thy Goethe . Thomas Carlyle

Misery which, through long ages, had no spokesman, no helper, will now be its own helper and speak for itself. Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. Thomas Carlyle

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious. Thomas Carlyle

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. Thomas Carlyle

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

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether. Thomas Carlyle

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can. Thomas Carlyle

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

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle

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

Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer. Thomas Carlyle

The Builder of this Universe was wise, He plann'd all souls, all systems, planets, particles: The Plan He shap'd all Worlds and &198;ons by, Was-Heavens!-was thy small Nine-and-thirty Articles! Thomas Carlyle

Except by name, Jean Paul Friedrich Richter is little known out of Germany. The only thing connected with him, we think, that has reached this country is his saying,-imported by Madame de Stael, and thankfully pocketed by most newspaper critics,-"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!" Richter: German humorist & prose writer. Thomas Carlyle



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