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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! 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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The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. Thomas Carlyle
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The foul sluggard's comfort: It will last my time'. Thomas Carlyle
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There they are cutting each other's throats, because one half of them prefer hiring their servants for life, and the other by the hour. Thomas Carlyle
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The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against unbelief. Thomas Carlyle
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This Mirabeau's work, then, is done. He sleeps with the primeval giants. He has gone over to the majority: Abiit ad plures. Thomas Carlyle
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We were wise indeed, could we discern truly the signs of our own time; and by knowledge of its wants and advantages, wisely adjust our own position in it. 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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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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