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Thomas Carlyle
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All true work is sacred. In all true work, were it but true hand work, there is something of divineness. Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in Heaven. 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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I think Scandinavian Paganism, to us here, is more interesting than any other. It is, for one thing, the latest; it continued in these regions of Europe till the eleventh century; 800 years ago the Norwegians were still worshipers of Odin. It is interesting also as the creed of our fathers; the men whose blood still runs in our veins, whom doubtless we still resemble in so many ways. 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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A false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! 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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Only perhaps in the United States, which alone of countries can do without governing, every man being at least able to live, and move off into the wilderness, let Congress jargon as it will, can such a form of so-called Government continue for any length of time to torment men with the semblance, when the indispensable substance is not there. Thomas Carlyle
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The Mystic Bond of Brotherhood makes all men one. Thomas Carlyle
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The unspeakable Turk should be immediately struck out of the question, and the country be left to honest European guidance. Thomas Carlyle
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Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy. Thomas Carlyle
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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose; he has found it, and will follow it!... Labor is life. Thomas Carlyle
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There is in it a placid inexhaustibility, a calm, vicious infinitude, which will baffle even the gods. Thomas Carlyle
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The man who cannot laugh is not only fit for treasons, strategems, and spoils, but his whole life is already a treason and a strategem. Thomas Carlyle
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Music is a kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that. Thomas Carlyle
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To him and all of us the expressly appointed schoolmaster and schoolings are as nothing. Thomas Carlyle
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In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men - genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion. Thomas Carlyle
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What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle
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In every object there is inexhaustible meaning. 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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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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All comes out even at the end of the day. Thomas Carlyle
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And yet without labour there were no ease, no rest, so much as conceivable. Thomas Carlyle
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Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt. Thomas Carlyle
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Nay, in every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world? Thomas Carlyle
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It is through symbols that man consciously or unconsciously lives, works and has his being. Thomas Carlyle
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Music... a kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads to the edge of the Infinite. Thomas Carlyle
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Great men are the modelers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do and attain. 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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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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The Ideal is in thyself, the impediments too is in thyself. 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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Time is the silent, never-resting thing ... rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing oceantide, on which we and all the universe swim. Thomas Carlyle
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Rare benevolence, the minister of God. Thomas Carlyle
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How were friendship possible? In mutual devotedness to the good and true; otherwise impossible, except as armed neutrality or hollow commercial league. A man, be the heavens ever praised, is sufficient for himself; yet were ten men, united in love, capable of being and of doing what ten thousand singly would fail in. Infinite is the help man can yield to man. Thomas Carlyle
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Heroes, it would seem, exist always and a certain worship of them. Thomas Carlyle
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The situation 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. Fool! the ideal is in thyself. Thomas Carlyle
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The true epic of our times is not "Arm's and the Man," but "Tools and the Man"-an infinitely wider kind of epic. Thomas Carlyle
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With union grounded on falsehood and ordering us to speak and act lies, we will not have anything to do. Peace? A brutal lethargy is peaceable; the noisome is peaceable. We hope for a living peace, not a dead one! Thomas Carlyle
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Speech that leads not to action, still more that hinders it, is a nuisance on the earth. Thomas Carlyle
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The genuine essence of truth never dies. Thomas Carlyle
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The thing is not only to avoid error, but to attain immense masses of truth. Thomas Carlyle
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No country can find eternal peace and comfort where the vote of Judas Iscariot is as good as the vote of the Saviour of mankind. Thomas Carlyle
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Great is wisdom; infinite is the value of wisdom. It cannot be exaggerated; it is the highest achievement of man. 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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Show me the man you honor; I know by that symptom, better than by any other, what kind of man you yourself are. For you show me there what your ideal of manhood is; what kind of man you long inexpressibly to be. Thomas Carlyle
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Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? Thomas Carlyle
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Neither had Watt of the Steam engine a heroic origin, any kindred with the princes of this world. The princes of this world were shooting their partridges... While this man with blackened fingers, with grim brow, was searching out, in his workshop, the Fire-secret. Thomas Carlyle
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See deep enough, and you see musically. Thomas Carlyle
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All human souls, never so bedarkened, love light; light once kindled, spreads till all is luminous. Thomas Carlyle
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Might and right do differ frightfully from hour to hour; but give them centuries to try it in, they are found to be identical. Thomas Carlyle
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