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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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In every object there is inexhaustible meaning. 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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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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Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us. Thomas Carlyle
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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. Thomas Carlyle
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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are. Thomas Carlyle
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If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded. Thomas Carlyle
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For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad. Thomas Carlyle
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History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion. Thomas Carlyle
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Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. Thomas Carlyle
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The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious. Thomas Carlyle
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Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle
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No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. Thomas Carlyle
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Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom. Thomas Carlyle
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For, if a good speaker, never so eloquent, does not see into the fact, and is not speaking the truth of that - is there a more horrid kind of object in creation? Thomas Carlyle
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Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. Thomas Carlyle
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Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. Thomas Carlyle
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The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest. Thomas Carlyle
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The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done. Thomas Carlyle
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I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am. 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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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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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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One is weary of hearing about the omnipotence of money. I will say rather that, for a genuine man, it is not evil to be poor. 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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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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With what scientific stoicism he walks through the land of wonders, unwondering ... Thomas Carlyle
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Blessed is the healthy nature; it is the coherent, sweetly co-operative, not incoherent, self-distracting, self-destructive one! Thomas Carlyle
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A whiff of grapeshot. 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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No man sees far; the most see no farther than their noses. 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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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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A false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! 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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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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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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