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Thomas Carlyle
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Force, force, everywhere force; we ourselves a mysterious force in the centre of that. "There is not a leaf rotting on the highway but has Force in it: how else could it rot?" [As used in his time, by the word force, Carlyle means energy.] Thomas Carlyle
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There is a perennial nobleness, and even sacredness, in work. Were he never so benighted, forgetful of his high calling, there is always hope in a man that actually and earnestly works: in idleness alone there is perpetual despair. Thomas Carlyle
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Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles. Thomas Carlyle
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Look to be treated by others as you have treated others. 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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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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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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Men are to be guided only by their self-interests. Good government is a good balancing of these; and, except a keen eye and appetite for self-interest, requires no virtue in any quarter. To both parties it is emphatically a machine: to the discontented, a taxing-machine; to the contented, a machine for securing property. Its duties and its faults are not those of a father, but of an active parish-constable. Thomas Carlyle
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We have profoundly forgotten everywhere that Cash-payment is not the sole relation of human beings. Thomas Carlyle
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Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature. Thomas Carlyle
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A background of wrath, which can be stirred up to the murderous infernal pitch, does lie in every man. Thomas Carlyle
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Men worship the shows of great men; the most disbelieve that there is any reality of great men to worship. Thomas Carlyle
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Speech is silver, silence is golden. Thomas Carlyle
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The world is an old woman, and mistakes any gilt farthing for a gold coin; whereby being often cheated, she will thenceforth trust nothing but the common copper. Thomas Carlyle
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Does not every true man feel that he is himself made higher by doing reverence to what is really above him? Thomas Carlyle
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Hero-worship is the deepest root of all; the tap-root, from which in a great degree all the rest were nourished and grown . . . Worship of a Hero is transcendent admiration of a Great Man. I say great men are still admirable; I say there is, at bottom, nothing else admirable! No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of men. Thomas Carlyle
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A fundamental mistake to call vehemence and rigidity strength! A man is not strong who takes convulsion-fits; though six men cannot hold him then. He that can walk under the heaviest weight without staggering, he is the strong man . . . A man who cannot hold his peace, till the time come for speaking and acting, is no right man. Thomas Carlyle
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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose; he has found it, and will follow it! How, as a free-flowing channel, dug and torn by noble force through the sour mudswamp of one's existence, like an ever-deepening river there, it runs and flows Thomas Carlyle
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The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough. Thomas Carlyle
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History is a mighty dramos, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background. 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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Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all. Thomas Carlyle
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I came hither [Craigenputtoch] solely with the design to simplify my way of life and to secure the independence through which I could be enabled to remain true to myself. Thomas Carlyle
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They only are wise who know that they know nothing. Thomas Carlyle
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Man makes circumstances, and spiritually as well as economically, is the artificer of his own fortune. Thomas Carlyle
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What I loved in the man was his health, his unity with himself; all people and all things seemed to find their quite peaceable adjustment with him, not a proud domineering one, as after doubtful contest, but a spontaneous-looking peaceable, even humble one. Thomas Carlyle
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The Persians are called the French of the East; we will call the Arabs Oriental Italians. A gifted noble people; a people of wildstrong feelings, and of iron restraint over these: the characteristic of noblemindedness, of genius. Thomas Carlyle
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Goethe's devil is a cultivated personage and acquainted with the modern sciences; sneers at witchcraft and the black art even while employing them, and doubts most things, nay, half disbelieves even his own existence. Thomas Carlyle
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Poverty, we may say, surrounds a man with ready-made barriers, which if they do mournfully gall and hamper, do at least prescribe for him, and force on him, a sort of course and goal; a safe and beaten, though a circuitous, course. A great part of his guidance is secure against fatal error, is withdrawn from his control. The rich, again, has his whole life to guide, without goal or barrier, save of his own choosing, and, tempted, is too likely to guide it ill. Thomas Carlyle
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Perfect ignorance is quiet, perfect knowledge is quiet; not so the transition from the former to the latter. Thomas Carlyle
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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule. 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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Produce! Produce! Were it but the pitifullest infinitesimal fraction of a product, produce it in God's name! 'Tis the utmost thou hast in thee: out with it, then. Thomas Carlyle
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Real good breeding, as the people have it here, is one of the finest things now going in the world. The careful avoidance of all discussion, the swift hopping from topic to topic, does not agree with me; but the graceful style they do it with is beyond that of minuets! 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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The heart always sees before than the head can see. Thomas Carlyle
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Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. 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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In a symbol there is concealment and yet revelation: here therefore, by Silence and by Speech acting together, comes a double significance. Thomas Carlyle
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In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. Thomas Carlyle
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France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams. Thomas Carlyle
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History is philosophy teaching by experience. Thomas Carlyle
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