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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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What is all knowledge except recorded experience, and a product of history? Thomas Carlyle
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History is the new poetry. Thomas Carlyle
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A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. Thomas Carlyle
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The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. Thomas Carlyle
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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. Thomas Carlyle
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Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. Thomas Carlyle
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A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. Thomas Carlyle
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Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is. Thomas Carlyle
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Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid. Thomas Carlyle
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There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write. Thomas Carlyle
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One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO. Thomas Carlyle
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In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government. Thomas Carlyle
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What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite. Thomas Carlyle
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Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise. Thomas Carlyle
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Government is emphatically a machine: to the discontented a taxing machine, to the contented a machine for securing property. Thomas Carlyle
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For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing. Thomas Carlyle
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Cash-payment never was, or could except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man. Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the end of the world. Thomas Carlyle
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The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope. Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person. Thomas Carlyle
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Song is the heroics of speech. Thomas Carlyle
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Variety is the condition of harmony. Thomas Carlyle
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Social Science, is not a 'gay science' but rueful, which finds the secret of this universe in 'supply and demand' and reduces the duty of human governors to that of letting men alone. Not a 'gay science', no, a dreary, desolate, and indeed quite abject and distressing one; what we might call, the dismal science Thomas Carlyle
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You can make even a parrot into a learned political economist - all he must learn are the two words "supply" and "demand." Thomas Carlyle
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Professors of the Dismal Science, I perceive the length of your tether is now pretty well run; and I must request you to talk a little lower in the future. Thomas Carlyle
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The Orator persuades and carries all with him, he knows not how; the Rhetorician can prove that he ought to have persuaded and carried all with him. Thomas Carlyle
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A collection of books is the best of all universities. Thomas Carlyle
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The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against disbelief Thomas Carlyle
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Do not be embarrassed by your mistakes. Nothing can teach us better than our understanding of them. This is one of the best ways of self-education. Thomas Carlyle
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To the wisest man, wide as is his vision. Nature remains of quite infinite depth, of quite infinite expansion and all experience thereof limits itself to some few computed centuries and measured square miles. Thomas Carlyle
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A judicious man uses statistics, not to get knowledge, but to save himself from having ignorance foisted upon him. Thomas Carlyle
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One life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities; no second chance to us for evermore! Thomas Carlyle
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The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self. Thomas Carlyle
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