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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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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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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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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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Of all God's creatures, Man alone is poor. Thomas Carlyle
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The first duty of man is that of subduing fear. 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 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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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 person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason. 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. Thomas Carlyle
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Figure him there, with his scrofulous diseases, with his great greedy heart, and unspeakable chaos of thoughts; stalking mournful as a stranger in this Earth; eagerly devouring what spiritual thing he could come at... Thomas Carlyle
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Little other than a redtape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence. Thomas Carlyle
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In epochs when cash payment has become the sole nexus of man to man. Thomas Carlyle
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Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments, Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know thyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at. Thomas Carlyle
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Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thomas Carlyle
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See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. 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... Thomas Carlyle
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The first of all gospels is, that no lie lives forever. Thomas Carlyle
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The gospel according to Jean Jacques. Thomas Carlyle
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The Ideal is in thyself, the impediments too is in thyself. Thomas Carlyle
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Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get. Thomas Carlyle
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A fair day's wages for a fair day's work. Thomas Carlyle
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To the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant Thomas Carlyle
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This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. Thomas Carlyle
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There can be no acting or doing of any kind till it be recognized that there is a thing to be done; the thing once recognized, doing in a thousand shapes becomes possible. Thomas Carlyle
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Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such; it is an accident, not a property of man. Thomas Carlyle
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It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe. Thomas Carlyle
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A greater number of God's creatures believe in Mahomet's word at this hour than in any other word whatever. Are we to suppose that it was a miserable piece of spiritual legerdemain, this which so many creatures of the almighty have lived by and died by?... Thomas Carlyle
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A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. Thomas Carlyle
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With stupidity and sound digestion, man may front much. Thomas Carlyle
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A stammering man is never a worthless one. Physiology can tell you why. It is an excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature, that makes him stammer. Thomas Carlyle
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The Builder of this Universe was wise, He plann'd all souls, all systems, planets, particles: The Plan He shap'd all Worlds and Ĉons by, Was-Heavens!-was thy small Nine-and-thirty Articles! Thomas Carlyle
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If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear. Thomas Carlyle
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Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind. Thomas Carlyle
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Is man's civilization only a wrappage, through which the savage nature of him can still burst, infernal as ever? Thomas Carlyle
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We have not read an author till we have seen his object, whatever it may be, as he saw it. Thomas Carlyle
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He that has done nothing has known nothing. Thomas Carlyle
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Nothing ever happens but once in all this world. What I do now I do once for all. It is over and gone, with all its eternity of solemn meaning. Thomas Carlyle
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Love not pleasure; love God. This is the Everlasting Yea, wherein all contradiction is solved ... Thomas Carlyle
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A battle is a terrible conjugation of the verb to kill: I kill, thou killest, he kills, we kill, they kill, all kill. Thomas Carlyle
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The Great Man's sincerity is of the kind he cannot speak of, is not conscious of: nay, I suppose, he is conscious rather of insincerity; for what man can walk accurately by the law of truth for one day? No, the Great Man does not boast himself sincere, far from that; perhaps does not ask himself if he is so: I would say rather, his sincerity does not depend on himself; he cannot help being sincere! Thomas Carlyle
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Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. Thomas Carlyle
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The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind. Thomas Carlyle
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Action hangs, as it were, dissolved in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him. Thomas Carlyle
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That great mystery of TIME, were there no other; the illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean tide, on which we and all the Universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb,-for we have no word to speak about it. Thomas Carlyle
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Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can. Thomas Carlyle
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