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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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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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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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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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Doubt of any kind cannot be resolved except by action. Thomas Carlyle
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Thirty millions, mostly fools. 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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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 dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off. 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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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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The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against disbelief 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 judicious man uses statistics, not to get knowledge, but to save himself from having ignorance foisted upon 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 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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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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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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A collection of books is the best of all universities. Thomas Carlyle
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Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero. Thomas Carlyle
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A Parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the twenty-seven millions, mostly fools. Thomas Carlyle
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The great law of culture is: Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle
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I came hither 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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A poet without love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility. Thomas Carlyle
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It can be said of him, when he departed he took a man's life along with him. No sounder piece of British manhood was put together in that eighteenth century of time. Thomas Carlyle
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The Book had in a high degree excited us to self-activity, which is the best effect of any book. Thomas Carlyle
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As the Swiss inscription says: Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden- Speech is silvern, Silence is golden; or, as I might rather express it: speech is of time, silence is of eternity. Thomas Carlyle
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For is not a Symbol ever, to him who has eyes for it, some dimmer or clearer revelation of the God-like? Thomas Carlyle
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Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all things man has devised. 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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Cash payment has become the sole nexus of man to man. Thomas Carlyle
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The man who cannot laugh is not only fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; but his whole life is already a treason and a stratagem. Thomas Carlyle
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To know, to get into the truth of anything, is ever a mystic act, of which the best logics can but babble on the surface. Thomas Carlyle
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The block of granite which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. Thomas Carlyle
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Burke said that there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate, more important far than they all. Thomas Carlyle
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History is the distillation of rumor. Thomas Carlyle
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