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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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Without labor there were no ease, no rest, so much as conceivable. Thomas Carlyle
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All are born to observe laws; few are born to establish them. 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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Let Time and Chance combine, combine! Let Time and Chance combine! The fairest love from heaven above, That love of yours was mine, My Dear! That love of yours was mine. Thomas Carlyle
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These limbs, - whence had we them, this stormy force; this life-blood, with its burning passion? They are dust and shadow - a shadow system gathered round our me; wherein through some moments or years, the divine essence is to be revealed in the flesh. Thomas Carlyle
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Woe to him,... who has no court of appeal against the world's judgment. Thomas Carlyle
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Friend, hast thou considered the rugged, all-nourishing earth, as Sophocles well names her; how she feeds the sparrow on the housetop, much more her darling man? Thomas Carlyle
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Whoever has sixpence is sovereign over all men, - to the extent of the sixpence; commands cooks to feed him, philosophers to teach him, kings to mount guard over him, - to the extent of sixpence. Thomas Carlyle
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There needs not a great soul to make a hero; there needs a God-created soul which will be true to its origin; that will be a great soul. 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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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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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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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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Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles. Thomas Carlyle
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A fair day's wage for a fair day's work": it is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing. It is the everlasting right of man. Thomas Carlyle
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Society is founded on hero-worship. 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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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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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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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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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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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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The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity. Thomas Carlyle
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When the oak-tree is felled, the whole forest echoes with it; but a hundred acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze. 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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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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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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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 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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Books are a triviality. Life alone is great. 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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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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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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