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Thomas Carlyle
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This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. Thomas Carlyle
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There can be no acting or doing of any kind till it be recognized that there is a thing to be done; the thing once recognized, doing in a thousand shapes becomes possible. 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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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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If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear. Thomas Carlyle
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Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind. 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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For every one hundred men who can stand adversity there is only one who can withstand prosperity. Thomas Carlyle
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God gave you that gifted tongue of yours, and set it between your teeth, to make known your true meaning to us, not to be rattled like a muffin man's bell. Thomas Carlyle
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Man always worships something; always he sees the Infinite shadowed forth in something finite; and indeed can and must so see it in any finite thing, once tempt him well to fix his eyes thereon. Thomas Carlyle
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The goal of yesterday will be our starting-point to-morrow. Thomas Carlyle
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A man with a half volition goes backwards and forwards, and makes no way on the smoothest road; a man with a whole volition advances on the roughest, and will reach his purpose, if there be even a little worthiness in it. The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest security against sin is to be shocked at its presence. 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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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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Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. Thomas Carlyle
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History after all is the true poetry. 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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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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The first purpose of clothes... was not warmth or decency, but ornament.... Among wild people, we find tattooing and painting even prior to clothes. The first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration; as indeed we still see among the barbarous classes in civilized countries. Thomas Carlyle
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Are we not Spirits, that are shaped into a body, into an Appearance; and that fade away again into air and Invisibility? Oh, Heaven, it is mysterious, it is awful to consider that we not only carry a future Ghost within us; but are, in very deed, Ghosts! These Limbs, whence had we them; this stormy Force; this life-blood with its burning Passion? They are dust and shadow; a Shadow-system gathered round our Me; wherein, through some moments or years, the Divine Essence is to be revealed in the Flesh. Thomas Carlyle
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The age of miracles is forever here. Thomas Carlyle
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Courtesy is the due of man to man; not of suit-of-clothes to suit-of-clothes. Thomas Carlyle
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Man is, and was always, a block-head and dullard; much readier to feel and digest, than to think and consider. Thomas Carlyle
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Pin thy faith to no man's sleeve. Hast thou not two eyes of thy own? Thomas Carlyle
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No man at bottom means injustice; it is always for some obscure distorted image of a right that he contends: an obscure image diffracted, exaggerated, in the wonderfulest way by natural dimness and selfishness; getting tenfold more diffracted by exasperation of contest, till at length it become all but irrecognis-able. Thomas Carlyle
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Oblivion is the dark page, whereon Memory writes her light-beam characters, and makes them legible; were it all light, nothing could be read there, any more than if it were all darkness. Thomas Carlyle
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The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut-out for him in the world, and does not go into it. For work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind,honest work, which you intend getting done. Thomas Carlyle
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All sorts of Heroes are intrinsically of the same material; that given a great soul, open to the Divine Significance of Life, then there is given a man fit to speak of this, to sing of this, to fight and work for this, in a great, victorious, enduring manner; there is given a Hero, - the outward shape of whom will depend on the time and the environment he finds himself in. 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 greatest fault is to be conscious of none. 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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