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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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Books are a triviality. Life alone is great. 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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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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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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No good book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first. 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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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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The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity. 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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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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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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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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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 first duty of man is that of subduing fear. 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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Man's earthly interests,'are all hooked and buttoned together, and held up, by Clothes. Thomas Carlyle
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In every man's writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded. 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! Thou too art a Conqueror and Victor; but of the true sort, namely over the Devil: thou too hast built what will outlast all marble and metal, and be a wonder-bringing City of the Mind, a Temple and Seminary and Prophetic Mount, whereto all kindreds of the Earth will pilgrim. Thomas Carlyle
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A good book is the purest essence of a human soul. Thomas Carlyle
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In books lies the soul fo the whole past time. Thomas Carlyle
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A thought once awakened does not again slumber. Thomas Carlyle
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Know what thou canst work at, and work at it like a Hercules. Thomas Carlyle
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True friends, like ivy and the wall Both stand together, and together fall. Thomas Carlyle
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There is but one thing without honor, smitten with eternal barrenness, inability to do or to be,-insincerity, unbelief. Thomas Carlyle
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Skepticism . . . is not intellectual only it is moral also, a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. Thomas Carlyle
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Once the mind has been expanded by a big idea, it will never go back to its original state. Thomas Carlyle
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Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. 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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