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Thomas Carlyle
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Without labor there were no ease, no rest, so much as conceivable. Thomas Carlyle
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All are born to observe laws; few are born to establish them. Thomas Carlyle
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Venerable to me is the hard hand, - crooked, coarse, - wherein, notwithstanding, lies a cunning virtue, indispensably royal as of the sceptre of the planet. Thomas Carlyle
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Let Time and Chance combine, combine! Let Time and Chance combine! The fairest love from heaven above, That love of yours was mine, My Dear! That love of yours was mine. Thomas Carlyle
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These limbs, - whence had we them, this stormy force; this life-blood, with its burning passion? They are dust and shadow - a shadow system gathered round our me; wherein through some moments or years, the divine essence is to be revealed in the flesh. Thomas Carlyle
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Woe to him,... who has no court of appeal against the world's judgment. Thomas Carlyle
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Friend, hast thou considered the rugged, all-nourishing earth, as Sophocles well names her; how she feeds the sparrow on the housetop, much more her darling man? Thomas Carlyle
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Whoever has sixpence is sovereign over all men, - to the extent of the sixpence; commands cooks to feed him, philosophers to teach him, kings to mount guard over him, - to the extent of sixpence. Thomas Carlyle
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There needs not a great soul to make a hero; there needs a God-created soul which will be true to its origin; that will be a great soul. 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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Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. Thomas Carlyle
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Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle
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Endurance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle
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If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Thirty millions, mostly fools. Thomas Carlyle
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In idleness there is a perpetual despair. 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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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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The true eye for talent presupposes the true reverence for it. Thomas Carlyle
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A very sea of thought; neither calm nor clear, if you will, yet wherein the toughest pearl-diver may dive to his utmost depth, and return not only with sea-wreck but with true orients. Thomas Carlyle
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The scandalous bronze-lacquer age of hungry animalisms, spiritual impotences, and mendacities, will have to run its course, till the pit follow it. Thomas Carlyle
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He who talks much about virtue in the abstract, begins to be suspected; it is shrewdly guessed that where there is great preaching there will be little almsgiving. Thomas Carlyle
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The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist. 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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Doubt of any kind cannot be resolved except by action. Thomas Carlyle
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We have chosen Mahomet not as the most eminent Prophet; but as the one we are freest to speak of. He is by no means the truest of Prophets; but I do esteem him a true one. Thomas Carlyle
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Lord Bacon could as easily have created the planets as he could have written Hamlet. Thomas Carlyle
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There must be a new world if there is to be any world at all!... These days of universal death must be days of universal new birth, if the ruin is not to be total and final! It is Time to make the dullest man consider; and ask himself, Whence he came? Whither he is bound? Thomas Carlyle
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History is a mighty drama, enacted upon, the theatre of time, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background. Thomas Carlyle
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Democracy means despair of finding any heroes to govern you, and contented putting up with the want of them. Thomas Carlyle
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No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the propieter of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men.?Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even, as I said, the Shadow of Ourselves. Thomas Carlyle
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