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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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The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self. Thomas Carlyle
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A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. Thomas Carlyle
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The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. Thomas Carlyle
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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. Thomas Carlyle
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Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. Thomas Carlyle
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A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. Thomas Carlyle
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Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is. 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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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 means despair of finding any heroes to govern you, and contented putting up with the want of them. 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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The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once. 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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A man perfects himself by working. 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 is precious instruction to be got by finding we were wrong. Thomas Carlyle
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I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic. Thomas Carlyle
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The suffering man ought really to consume his own smoke; there is no good in emitting smoke till you have made it into fire. Thomas Carlyle
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No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, could ever compel the soul of man to believe or to disbelieve: it is his own indefeasible light, that judgment of his; he will reign and believe there by the grace of God alone! 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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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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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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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 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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I know so little about any history. How little do I know even about the history of myself. 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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Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thomas Carlyle
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Alas! the fearful Unbelief is unbelief in yourself. Thomas Carlyle
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The highest ensign that men ever met and embraced under, the Cross itself, had no meaning save an accidental extrinsic one. Thomas Carlyle
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The people may eat grass: hasty words, which fly abroad irrevocable-and will send back tidings. Thomas Carlyle
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Captains of Industry. Thomas Carlyle
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Of all God's creatures, Man alone is poor. Thomas Carlyle
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