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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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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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A false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! 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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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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History is the essence of innumerable biographies. 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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A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads. Thomas Carlyle
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Rest is for the dead. Thomas Carlyle
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Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all. Thomas Carlyle
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The person who cannot laugh is not only ready for treason, and deceptions, their whole life is already a treason and deception. Thomas Carlyle
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Clean undeniable right, clear undeniable might: either of these once ascertained puts an end to battle. All battle is a confused experiment to ascertain one and both of these. Thomas Carlyle
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One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music. Thomas Carlyle
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Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward. Thomas Carlyle
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The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity. Thomas Carlyle
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Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books! Thomas Carlyle
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Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him. It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man! Thomas Carlyle
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Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence. Thomas Carlyle
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Statistics is a science which ought to be honourable, the basis of many most important sciences; but it is not to be carried on by steam, this science, any more than others are; a wise head is requisite for carrying it on. Thomas Carlyle
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The glory of a workman, still more of a master workman, that he does his work well, ought to be his most precious possession; like the honor of a soldier, dearer to him than life. Thomas Carlyle
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He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem. Thomas Carlyle
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The king is the man who can. Thomas Carlyle
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Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading. Thomas Carlyle
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A force as of madness in the hands of reason has done all that was ever done in the world. Thomas Carlyle
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A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man. Thomas Carlyle
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Caution is the lower story of prudence. Thomas Carlyle
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Custom doth make dotards of us all. Thomas Carlyle
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Friend, hast thou considered the "rugged, all-nourishing earth," as Sophocles well names her; how she feeds the sparrow on the housetop, much more her darling man? Thomas Carlyle
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I too acknowledge the all-out omnipotence of early culture and nature; hereby we have either a doddered dwarf-bush, or a high-towering, wide-shadowing tree! either a sick yellow cabbage, or an edible luxuriant green one. Of a truth, it is the duty of all men, especially of all philosophers, to note down with accuracy the characteristic circumstances of their education,-what furthered, what hindered, what in any way modified it. Thomas Carlyle
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At the bottom there is no perfect history; there is none such conceivable. All past centuries have rotted down, and gone confusedly dumb and quiet. Thomas Carlyle
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Man, it is not thy works, which are mortal, infinitely little, and the greatest no greater than the least, but only the spirit thou workest in, that can have worth or continuance. Thomas Carlyle
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There are remedies for all things but death. Thomas Carlyle
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In the huge mass of evil as it rolls and swells, there is ever some good working toward deliverance and triumph. Thomas Carlyle
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Money will buy money's worth; but the thing men call fame, what is it? Thomas Carlyle
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Consider in fact, a body of six hundred and fifty-eight miscellaneous persons, set to consult about "business," with twenty-seven millions, mostly fools, assiduously listening to them, and checking and criticising them. Was there ever, since the world began, will there ever be till the world end, any "business" accomplished in these circumstances? Thomas Carlyle
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We are to take no counsel with flesh and blood; give ear to no vain cavils, vain sorrows and wishes; to know that we know nothing, that the worst and cruelest to our eyes is not what it seems, that we have to receive whatsoever befalls us as sent from God above, and say, "It is good and wise,-God is great! Though He slay me, yet I trust in Him." Islam means, in its way, denial of self. This is yet the highest wisdom that heaven has revealed to our earth. Thomas Carlyle
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Silence, the great Empire of Silence: higher than all stars; deeper than the Kingdom of Death! It alone is great; all else is small. Thomas Carlyle
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Wise man was he who counselled that speculation should have free course, and look fearlessly towards all the thirty-two points of the compass, whithersoever and howsoever it listed. Thomas Carlyle
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In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce,-he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees. Thomas Carlyle
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The modern majesty consists in work. What a man can do is his greatest ornament, and he always consults his dignity by doing it. Thomas Carlyle
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The world is a thing that a man must learn to despise, and even to neglect, before he can learn to reverence it, and work in it and for it. 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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History after all is the true poetry. 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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