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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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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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A collection of books is the best of all universities. 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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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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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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To the wisest man, wide as is his vision. Nature remains of quite infinite depth, of quite infinite expansion and all experience thereof limits itself to some few computed centuries and measured square miles. Thomas Carlyle
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A thinking man is the worst enemy the Prince of Darkness can have; every time such an one announces himself, I doubt not there runs a shudder through the nether empire; and new emissaries are trained with new tactics, to, if possible, entrap and hoodwink and handcuff him. Thomas Carlyle
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In idleness there is a perpetual despair. Thomas Carlyle
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The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist. Thomas Carlyle
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The infinite, absolute character of Virtue has passed into a finite, conditional one; it is no longer a worship of the Beautiful and Good; but a calculation of the Profitable. Thomas Carlyle
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In the poorest cottage are Books: is one Book, wherein for several thousands of years the spirit of man has found light, and nourishment, and an interpreting response to whatever is Deepest in him. Thomas Carlyle
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We remove mountains, and make seas our smooth highway; nothing can resist us. We war with rude Nature; and, by our resistless engines, come off always victorious, and loaded with spoils. Thomas Carlyle
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Whoso has sixpence is sovereign (to the length of sixpence) over all men; commands cooks to feed him, philosophers to teach him, kings to mount guard over him,to the length of sixpence. Thomas Carlyle
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Creation is great, and cannot be understood. Thomas Carlyle
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Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns. 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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Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought. Thomas Carlyle
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Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope. Thomas Carlyle
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Books are a triviality. Life alone is great. Thomas Carlyle
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All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you. Thomas Carlyle
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All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads, and sows itself anew. Thomas Carlyle
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Does it ever give thee pause that men used to have a soul? Not by hearsay alone, or as a figure of speech, but as a thruth that they knew and acted upon. Verily it was another world then, but yet it is a pity we have lost the tidings of our souls. We shall have to go in search of them again or worse in all ways shall befall us. Thomas Carlyle
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Laissez-faire, supply and demand-one begins to be weary of all that. Leave all to egotism, to ravenous greed of money, of pleasure, of applause-it is the gospel of despair. Thomas Carlyle
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A person with a clear purpose will make progress, even on the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress, even on the smoothest road. Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest mistake is to imagine that we never err. Thomas Carlyle
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All reform except a moral one will prove unavailing. Thomas Carlyle
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O thou who art able to write a book which once in the two centuries or oftener there is a man gifted to do, envy not him whom they name city-builder, and inexpressibly pity him whom they name conqueror or city-burner. 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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Beautiful it is, and a gleam from the same eternal pole-star visible amid the destinies of men, that all talent, all intellect, is in the first plane moral. What a world were this otherwise! Thomas Carlyle
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Every poet, be his outward lot what it may, finds himself born in the midst of prose; h e has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal. Thomas Carlyle
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Poetry is the attempt which man makes to render his existence harmonious. Thomas Carlyle
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The press is the fourth estate of the realm. Thomas Carlyle
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Let a man try faithfully, manfully to be right, he will daily grow more and more right. It is at the bottom of the condition on which all men have to cultivate themselves. Thomas Carlyle
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No good book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first. Thomas Carlyle
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The dead are all holy, even they that were base and wicked while alive. Their baseness and wickedness was not they, was but the heavy and unmanageable environment that lay round them. Thomas Carlyle
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My whinstone house my castle is, I have my own four walls. Thomas Carlyle
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The authentic insight and experience of any human soul, were it but insight and experience in hewing of wood and drawing of water, is real knowledge, a real possession and acquirement. Thomas Carlyle
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Statistics, one may hope, will improve gradually, and become good for something. Meanwhile, it is to be feared the crabbed satirist was partly right, as things go: "A judicious man," says he, "looks at Statistics, not to get knowledge, but to save himself from having ignorance foisted on him." Thomas Carlyle
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Science has done much for us; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great deep sacred infinitude of Nescience, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film. Thomas Carlyle
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Rich as we are in biography, a well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one; and there are certainly many more men whose history deserves to be recorded than persons willing and able to record it. Thomas Carlyle
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A man perfects himself by working. Thomas Carlyle
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A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle
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Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. Thomas Carlyle
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Society is founded on hero-worship. Thomas Carlyle
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The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once. Thomas Carlyle
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Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle
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A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind. Thomas Carlyle
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Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. Thomas Carlyle
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All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. Thomas Carlyle
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To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes. Thomas Carlyle
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No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor. Thomas Carlyle
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When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual, its behavior ceases to be intelligent. Thomas Carlyle
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A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus. Thomas Carlyle
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No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence. Thomas Carlyle
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No person is important enough to make me angry. Thomas Carlyle
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Truth, I cried, though the heavens crush me for following her; no falsehood, though a whole celestial Lubberland were the price of apostasy! Thomas Carlyle
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Under all speech that is good for anything three lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. Thomas Carlyle
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Of all acts is not, for a man, repentance the most divine? The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle
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Hast thou hope? they asked of John Knox, when he lay a-dying. He spoke nothing, but raised his finger and pointed upward, and so died. Thomas Carlyle
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