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Thomas Carlyle
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Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own. Thomas Carlyle
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Habit is the deepest law of human nature Thomas Carlyle
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The deadliest sin were the consciousness of no sin Thomas Carlyle
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Acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze. Thomas Carlyle
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Macaulay is well for awhile, but one wouldn't live under Niagara. Thomas Carlyle
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Man is a tool-using animal. Thomas Carlyle
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Good Christian people, here lies for you an inestimable loan; take all heed thereof, in all carefulness, employ it: with high recompense, or else with heavy penalty, will it one day be required back. Thomas Carlyle
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A noble book! all men's book! Thomas Carlyle
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The latest gospel in this world is, know thy work and do it. Thomas Carlyle
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The essence of humor is sensibility; warm, tender fellow-feeling with all forms of existence. Thomas Carlyle
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Laughter means sympathy. Thomas Carlyle
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Metaphysics is the attempt of the mind to rise above the mind. Thomas Carlyle
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Without oblivion, there is no remembrance possible. When both oblivion and memory are wise, when the general soul of man is clear, melodious, true, there may come a modern Iliad as memorial of the Past. Thomas Carlyle
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There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man. Thomas Carlyle
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Heroes have gone out; quacks have come in; the reign of quacks has not ended with the nineteenth century. The sceptre is held with a firmer grasp; the empire has a wider boundary. We are all the slaves of quackery in one shape or another. Indeed, one portion of our being is always playing the successful quack to the other. Thomas Carlyle
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Learn to be good readers, which is perhaps a more difficult thing than you imagine. Learn to be discriminative in your reading; to read faithfully, and with your best attention, all kinds of things which you have a real interest in,-a real, not an imaginary,-and which you find to be really fit for what you are engaged in. Thomas Carlyle
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With respect to duels, indeed, I have my own ideas. Few things in this so surprising world strike me with more surprise. Two little visual spectra of men, hovering with insecure enough cohesion in the midst of the unfathomable, and to dissolve therein, at any rate, very soon, make pause at the distance of twelve paces asunder; whirl around, and simultaneously by the cunningest mechanism, explode one another into dissolution; and, offhand, become air, and non-extant-the little spitfires! Thomas Carlyle
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The great soul of this world is just. Thomas Carlyle
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The great silent man! Looking round on the noisy inanity of the world,-words with little meaning, actions with little worth,-one loves to reflect on the great Empire of Silence. Thomas Carlyle
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Blessed be the God's voice; for it is true, and falsehoods have to cease before it! Thomas Carlyle
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The vulgarity of inanimate things requires time to get accustomed to; but living, breathing, bustling, plotting, planning, human vulgarity is a species of moral ipecacuanha, enough to destroy any comfort. Thomas Carlyle
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Not what you possess but what you do with what you have, determines your true worth. Thomas Carlyle
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The errors of a wise man are literally more instructive than the truths of a fool. The wise man travels in lofty, far-seeing regions; the fool in low-lying, high-fenced lanes; retracing the footsteps of the former, to discover where he diviated, whole provinces of the universe are laid open to us; in the path of the latter, granting even that he has not deviated at all, little is laid open to us but two wheel-ruts and two hedges. Thomas Carlyle
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We call that fire of the black thunder-cloud "electricity," and lecture learnedly about it, and grind the like of it out of glass and silk: but what is it? What made it? Whence comes it? Whither goes it? Thomas Carlyle
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One monster there is in the world, the idle man. Thomas Carlyle
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The Bible is the truest utterance that ever came by alphabetic letters from the soul of man, through which, as through a window divinely opened, all men can look into the stillness of eternity, and discern in glimpses their far-distant, long-forgotten home. Thomas Carlyle
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Without kindness there can be no true joy. Thomas Carlyle
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I had a lifelong quarrel with God, but in the end we made up. Thomas Carlyle
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Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work. Thomas Carlyle
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Biography is the only true history. Thomas Carlyle
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A heavenly awe overshadowed and encompassed, as it still ought, and must, all earthly business whatsoever. Thomas Carlyle
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A poor creature who has said or done nothing worth a serious man taking the trouble of remembering. Thomas Carlyle
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I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less. Thomas Carlyle
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Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas Carlyle
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Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment. Thomas Carlyle
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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. Thomas Carlyle
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Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist. Thomas Carlyle
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May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books. Thomas Carlyle
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Look to be treated by others as you have treated others. Thomas Carlyle
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Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally, among mankind. Thomas Carlyle
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Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time. Thomas Carlyle
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None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. Thomas Carlyle
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Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere. Thomas Carlyle
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To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself. Thomas Carlyle
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Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct. Thomas Carlyle
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In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment. Thomas Carlyle
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Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. Thomas Carlyle
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Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther. Thomas Carlyle
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The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart. Thomas Carlyle
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The spiritual is the parent of the practical. Thomas Carlyle
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This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. Thomas Carlyle
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Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die. Thomas Carlyle
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All great peoples are conservative. Thomas Carlyle
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Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope. Thomas Carlyle
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Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith. Thomas Carlyle
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The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully. Thomas Carlyle
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On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration. Thomas Carlyle
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In this world there is one godlike thing, the essence of all that ever was or ever will be of godlike in this world, - the veneration done to human worth by the hearts of men. Thomas Carlyle
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History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought. Thomas Carlyle
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It seems to me a great truth that human things cannot stand on selfishness, mechanical utilities, economies and law courts; that if there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable, and doomed to ruin. Thomas Carlyle
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We are the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God. Thomas Carlyle
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There is a perennial nobleness and even sacredness in work. Were he ever so benighted, forgetful of his high calling, there is always hope in a man that actually and earnestly works. Thomas Carlyle
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The nobleness of silence. The highest melody dwells only in silence, - the sphere melody, the melody of health. Thomas Carlyle
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[Economics is] not a 'gay science,' I should say, like some we have heard of; no, a dreary, desolate, and, indeed, quite abject and distressing one: what we might call, by way of eminence, the dismal science. Thomas Carlyle
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Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part of dupes. 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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Rightly viewed no meanest object is insignificant; all objects are as windows, through which the philosophic eye looks into infinitude itself. Thomas Carlyle
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Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist. Thomas Carlyle
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For the 'superior morality,' of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this 'superior morality' is properly rather an 'inferior criminality'... Thomas Carlyle
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If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated reading deserves to be read at all. Thomas Carlyle
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