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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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