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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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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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There is no permanent place in this universe for evil... Evil may hide behind this fallacy and that, but it will be hunted from fallacy to fallacy until there is no more fallacy for it to hide behind. Thomas Carlyle
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A man must indeed be a hero to appear such in the eyes of his valet. Thomas Carlyle
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All history . . . is an inarticulate Bible. Thomas Carlyle
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A Fourth Estate, of Able Editors, springs up. 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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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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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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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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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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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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The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough. Thomas Carlyle
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Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do that with all thy might and leave the issues calmly to God. Thomas Carlyle
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The true Sovereign of the world, who moulds the world like soft wax, according to his pleasure, is he who lovingly sees into the world. Thomas Carlyle
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The public is anold woman.Let her maunderand mumble. Thomas Carlyle
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Not only was Thebes built by the music of an Orpheus; but without the music of some inspired Orpheus was no city ever built, no work that man glories in ever done. Thomas Carlyle
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The English are a dumb people. They can do great acts, but not describe them. 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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Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise. 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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The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off. Thomas Carlyle
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Rest is a fine medicine. Let your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics; let your brain rest, you wearied and worried people of business; let your limbs rest, ye children of toil! Thomas Carlyle
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Thirty millions, mostly fools. Thomas Carlyle
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Trust not the heart of that man for whom old clothes are not venerable. Thomas Carlyle
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The insignificant, the empty, is usually the loud; and after the manner of a drum, is louder even because of its emptiness. Thomas Carlyle
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Happy season of childhood! Kind Nature, that art to all a bountiful mother; that visitest the poor man's hut With auroral radiance; and for thy nursling hast provided a soft swathing of love and infinite hope wherein he waxes and slumbers, danced round by sweetest dreams! Thomas Carlyle
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To say that we have a clear conscience is to utter a solecism; had we never sinned we should have had no conscience. Were defeat unknown, neither would victory be celebrated by songs of triumph. Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest of all heroes is One-whom we do not name here! Let sacred silence meditate that sacred matter; you will find it the ultimate perfection of a principle extant throughout man's whole history on earth. Thomas Carlyle
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Is not light grander than fire? Thomas Carlyle
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Nature, after all, is still the grand agent in making poets. Thomas Carlyle
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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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I want to meet my God awake. Thomas Carlyle
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Evil, once manfully fronted, ceases to be evil; there is generous battle-hope in place of dead, passive misery; the evil itself has become a kind of good. Thomas Carlyle
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There is a majesty and mystery in nature, take her as you will. The essence of poetry comes breathing to a mind that feels from every province of her empire. Thomas Carlyle
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He who cannot withal keep his mind to himself cannot practice any considerable thing whatsoever. Thomas Carlyle
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Silence is the eternal duty of man. Thomas Carlyle
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Well might the ancients make silence a god; for it is the element of all godhood, infinitude, or transcendental greatness,-at once the source and the ocean wherein all such begins and ends. Thomas Carlyle
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