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Thomas Carlyle
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Biography is the only true history. Thomas Carlyle
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The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only. 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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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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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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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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Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all. 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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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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But deepest of all illusory Appearances, for hiding Wonder, as for many other ends, are your two grand fundamental world-enveloping Appearances, SPACE and TIME. These, as spun and woven for us from before Birth itself, to clothe our celestial ME for dwelling here, and yet to blind it, lie all-embracing, as the universal canvas, or warp and woof, whereby all minor Illusions, in this Phantasm Existence, weave and paint themselves. In vain, while here on Earth, shall you endeavor to strip them off; you can, at best, but rend them asunder for moments, and look through. 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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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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Not what you possess but what you do with what you have, determines your true worth. Thomas Carlyle
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Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally, among mankind. 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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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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