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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 A great part of his guidance is secure against fatal error, is withdrawn from his control.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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough. Thomas Carlyle
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In this world there is one godlike thing, the essence of all that ever was or ever will be of godlike in this world, - the veneration done to human worth by the hearts of men. Thomas Carlyle
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History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought. Thomas Carlyle
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It seems to me a great truth that human things cannot stand on selfishness, mechanical utilities, economies and law courts; that 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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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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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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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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On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration. 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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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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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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But the whim we have of happiness is somewhat thus. By certain valuations, and averages, of our own striking, we come upon some sort of average terrestrial lot; this we fancy belongs to us by nature, and of indefeasible rights. It is simple payment of our wages, of our deserts; requires neither thanks nor complaint. Foolish soul! What act of legislature was there that thou shouldst be happy? A little while ago thou hadst no right to be at all. Thomas Carlyle
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There is but one temple in this Universe: The Body. We speak to God whenever we lay our hands upon it. Thomas Carlyle
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I call the book of Job, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with the pen. Thomas Carlyle
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Conclusive facts are inseparable from inconclusive except by a head that already understands and knows. 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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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 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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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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There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune. Thomas Carlyle
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