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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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There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems. 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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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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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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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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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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Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one. 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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[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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Debt is a bottomless sea. Thomas Carlyle
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Is not every meanest day the confluence of two eternities? Thomas Carlyle
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So here hath been dawning Another blue day; Think, wilt thou let it Slip useless away? Out of eternity This new day is born, Into eternity At night will return. Thomas Carlyle
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History: A distillation of rumor. Thomas Carlyle
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There is endless merit in a man's knowing when to have done. Thomas Carlyle
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The stifled hum of midnight, when traffic has lain down to rest, and the chariot wheels of Vanity, still rolling here and there through distant streets, are bearing her to halls roofed in and lighted to the due pitch for her; and only vice and misery, to prowl or to moan like night birds, are abroad. Thomas Carlyle
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Reform, like charity, must begin at home. Thomas Carlyle
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I have seen gleams in the face and eyes of the man that have let you look into a higher country. Thomas Carlyle
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Naps are a way of traveling painlessly through time into the future. 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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The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another. Thomas Carlyle
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Life is a series of lessons that have to be understood. Thomas Carlyle
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Coining "Dismal Science" as a nickname for Political Economy Thomas Carlyle
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Laws, written, if not on stone tables, yet on the azure of infinitude, in the inner heart of God's creation, certain as life, certain as death, are there, and thou shalt not disobey them. Thomas Carlyle
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Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction. Thomas Carlyle
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Histories are a kind of distilled newspapers. Thomas Carlyle
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Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him. Thomas Carlyle
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Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path .. A thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do .. To find this path, and walk in it, is the one thing needful for him. 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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