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Thomas Carlyle
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No man sees far; the most see no farther than their noses. 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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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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If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. Thomas Carlyle
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Silence is more eloquent than words. Thomas Carlyle
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The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. Thomas Carlyle
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The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then. Thomas Carlyle
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War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle. Thomas Carlyle
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Clever men are good, but they are not the best. Thomas Carlyle
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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. Thomas Carlyle
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Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with. Thomas Carlyle
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Worship is transcendent wonder. Thomas Carlyle
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I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Thomas Carlyle
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Be not a slave of words. Thomas Carlyle
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He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years. Thomas Carlyle
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No violent extreme endures. Thomas Carlyle
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History, a distillation of rumour. Thomas Carlyle
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I grow daily to honour facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing; a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil. Thomas Carlyle
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The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall. Thomas Carlyle
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In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing. Thomas Carlyle
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That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy. Thomas Carlyle
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Enjoying things which are pleasant; that is not the evil; it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. Thomas Carlyle
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Stop a moment, cease your work, and look around you. Thomas Carlyle
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Who is it that loves me and will love me forever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother. Thomas Carlyle
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We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named fair competition and so forth, it is a mutual hostility. Thomas Carlyle
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These Arabs, the man Mahomet, and that one century, - is it not as if a spark had fallen, one spark, on a world of what proves explosive powder, blazes heaven-high from Delhi to Granada! I said, the Great man was always as lightning out of Heaven; the rest of men waited for him like fuel, and then they too would flame... Thomas Carlyle
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If a book comes from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; all art and author-craft are of small amount to that. Thomas Carlyle
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The mystery of a person, indeed, is ever divine to him that has a sense for the godlike. Thomas Carlyle
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Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others. Thomas Carlyle
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Over the times thou hast no power. . . . Solely over one man thou hast quite absolute power. Him redeem and make honest. Thomas Carlyle
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Wealth of a man is the number of things which he loves and blesses which he is loved and blessed by. Thomas Carlyle
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Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness. Thomas Carlyle
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Let him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the dawn may ripen into day, lay this precept well to heart: "Do the duty which lies nearest to thee," which thou know to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer. Thomas Carlyle
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Tobacco smoke is the one element in which, by our European manners, men can sit silent together without embarrassment, and where no man is bound to speak one word more than he has actually and veritably got to say. Nay, rather every man is admonished and enjoined by the laws of honor, and even of personal ease, to stop short of that point; and at all events to hold his peace and take to his pipe again the instant he has spoken his meaning, if he chance to have any. Thomas Carlyle
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All human things do require to have an ideal in them; to have some soul in them. Thomas Carlyle
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Produce, produce! Were it but the pitifulest, infinitesimal fraction of a product, produce it in God's name. 'Tis the utmost thou hast in thee? Out with it then! Up, up! Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy whole might. Thomas Carlyle
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They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death are the allurements that act on the heart of man. Thomas Carlyle
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The aristocracy of feudal parchment has passed away with a mighty rushing, and now, by a natural course, we arrive at aristocracy of the money-bag. Thomas Carlyle
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They have their belief, these poor Tibet people, that Providence sends down always an Incarnation of Himself into every generation. At bottom some belief in a kind of pope! At bottom still better, a belief that there is a Greatest Man; that he is discoverable; that, once discovered, we ought to treat him with an obedience which knows no bounds. This is the truth of Grand Lamaism; the "discoverability" is the only error here. Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest fault is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle
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History a distillation of Rumour. Thomas Carlyle
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Man is a tool-using animal...Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. Thomas Carlyle
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When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. Thomas Carlyle
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Are not our greatest men as good as lost? The men that walk daily among us, warming us, feeding us, walk shrouded in darkness, mere mythic men. Thomas Carlyle
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The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala is that Husain and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Husain, despite his minority, marvels me! Thomas Carlyle
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All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble. Thomas Carlyle
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The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive. Thomas Carlyle
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Scepticism, 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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Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; wherein whoso will not bend must break; too early and too thoroughly we cannot be trained to know that would, in this world of ours, is a mere zero to should, and for most part as the smallest of fractions even to shall. Thomas Carlyle
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How, without clothes, could we possess the master organ, soul's seat and true pineal gland of the body social - I mean a purse? 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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Habit and imitation - there is nothing more perennial in us than these two. They are the source of all working, and all apprenticeship, of all practice, and all learning, in this world. Thomas Carlyle
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That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy, were it to happen more than twenty times in a minute, as by some computations it does. Thomas Carlyle
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I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. Thomas Carlyle
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Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it. Thomas Carlyle
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History after all is the true poetry. Thomas Carlyle
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Language is called the garment of thought: however, it should rather be, language is the flesh-garment, the body, of thought. 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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To a shower of gold most things are penetrable. Thomas Carlyle
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Love not Pleasure; love God. Thomas Carlyle
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A mind that has seen, and suffered, and done, speaks to us of what it has tried and conquered. Thomas Carlyle
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The All of Things is an infinite conjugation of the verb To do . Thomas Carlyle
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For every one hundred men who can stand adversity there is only one who can withstand prosperity. Thomas Carlyle
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