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Thomas Carlyle
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Is not every meanest day the confluence of two eternities? Thomas Carlyle

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

History: A distillation of rumor. Thomas Carlyle

There is endless merit in a man's knowing when to have done. Thomas Carlyle

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

Reform, like charity, must begin at home. Thomas Carlyle

I have seen gleams in the face and eyes of the man that have let you look into a higher country. Thomas Carlyle

Naps are a way of traveling painlessly through time into the future. Thomas Carlyle

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. Thomas Carlyle

The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. Thomas Carlyle

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. Thomas Carlyle

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid. Thomas Carlyle

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

One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO. Thomas Carlyle

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

What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite. Thomas Carlyle

Doubt of any kind cannot be resolved except by action. Thomas Carlyle

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

Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

My whinstone house my castle is, I have my own four walls. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

If a man was great while living, he becomes tenfold greater when dead. Thomas Carlyle

No mortal has a right to wag his tongue, much less to wag his pen, without saying something. Thomas Carlyle

A frightful dialect for the stupid, the pedant and dullard sort. Thomas Carlyle

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

No good book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first. Thomas Carlyle

Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

A man perfects himself by working. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

Of all acts is not, for a man, repentance the most divine? The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience does take dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other. Thomas Carlyle

Arrestment, sudden really as a bolt out of the blue has hit strange victims. Thomas Carlyle

For of a truth stupidity is strong, most strong, as the poet Schiller sings, Against stupidity the very gods fight invictorious. Thomas Carlyle

There is precious instruction to be got by finding we were wrong. Thomas Carlyle

I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic. Thomas Carlyle

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

All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads, and sows itself anew. Thomas Carlyle

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

Books are a triviality. Life alone is great. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

All reform except a moral one will prove unavailing. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

Poetry is the attempt which man makes to render his existence harmonious. Thomas Carlyle

The press is the fourth estate of the realm. Thomas Carlyle

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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