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Thomas Carlyle
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Look to be treated by others as you have treated others. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally, among mankind. 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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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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It is now almost my sole rule of life to clear myself of cants and formulas, as of poisonous Nessus shirts. Thomas Carlyle
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We have oftener than once endeavoured to attach some meaning to that aphorism, vulgarly imputed to Shaftesbury, which however we can find nowhere in his works, that ridicule is the test of truth. Thomas Carlyle
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What is all Knowledge too, but recorded Experience, and a product of History; of which, therefore, Reasoning and Belief, no less than Action and Passion, are essential materials. 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; also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle
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We will not praise Mahomet's moral precepts as always of the superfinest sort; yet it can be said that there is always a tendency to good in them; that they are the true dictates of a heart aiming towards what is just and true Thomas Carlyle
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All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. Thomas Carlyle
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All work, even cotton spinning, is noble; work is alone noble... A life of ease is not for any man, nor for any god. 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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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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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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There is so much data available to us, but most data won't help us succeed. 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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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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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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There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems. 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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