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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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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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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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Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only. Thomas Carlyle
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They raise their minds by brooding over and embellishing their sufferings, from one degree of fervid exaltation and dreary greatness to another, till at length they run amuck entirely, and whoever meets them would do well to run them thro' the body. Thomas Carlyle
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The seagreen Incorruptible. 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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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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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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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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If a man was great while living, he becomes tenfold greater when dead. Thomas Carlyle
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No mortal has a right to wag his tongue, much less to wag his pen, without saying something. Thomas Carlyle
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A frightful dialect for the stupid, the pedant and dullard sort. Thomas Carlyle
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So much of truth, only under an ancient obsolete vesture, but the spirit of it still true, do I find in the Paganism of old nations. Nature is still divine, the revelation of the workings of God; the Hero is still worshipable: this, under poor cramped incipient forms, is what all Pagan religions have struggled, as they could, to set forth. 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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Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns. Thomas Carlyle
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There are depths in man that go to the lowest hell, and heights that reach the highest heaven, for are not both heaven and hell made out of him, everlasting miracle and mystery that he is. Thomas Carlyle
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It is no very good symptom, either of nations or individuals, that they deal much in vaticination. Happy men are full of the present, for its bounty suffices them; and wise men also, for its duties engage them. Our grand business undoubtedly is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what clearly lies at hand. Thomas Carlyle
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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. Thomas Carlyle
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A man perfects himself by working. 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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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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For 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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Ever as before does madness remain, terrific, altogether infernal, boiling up of the nether chaotic deep, through this fair painted vision of creation, which swims thereon, and which we name the real. Thomas Carlyle
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What gained we, little moth? Thy ashes, Thy one brief parting pang may show: And withering thoughts for soul that dashes, From deep to deep, are but a death more slow. Thomas Carlyle
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A dandy is a clothes-wearing man - a man whose trade, office, and existence consist in the wearing of clothes. Every faculty of his soul, spirit, person and purse is heroically consecrated to this one object - the wearing of clothes, wisely and well; so that, as others dress to live, he lives to dress. Thomas Carlyle
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The station that has not its duty, its ideal, was never yet occupied by man. Yes, here in this poor, miserable, hampered, despicable actual, wherein thou even now standest, - here or nowhere is thy ideal; work it out therefrom; and working, believe, live, be free. Thomas Carlyle
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Think of living! Thy life, wert thou the pitifullest of all the sons of earth, is no idle dream, but a solemn reality. It is thy own; it is all thou hast to front eternity with. Work, then, even as He has done, and does, like a star, unhasting, yet unresting. Thomas Carlyle
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Experience does take dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other. Thomas Carlyle
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Arrestment, sudden really as a bolt out of the blue has hit strange victims. Thomas Carlyle
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For of a truth stupidity is strong, most strong, as the poet Schiller sings, Against stupidity the very gods fight invictorious. 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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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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