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Thomas Carlyle
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The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious. Thomas Carlyle

Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. Thomas Carlyle

Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom. Thomas Carlyle

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

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. Thomas Carlyle

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. Thomas Carlyle

The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest. Thomas Carlyle

The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done. Thomas Carlyle

I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am. Thomas Carlyle

In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing. Thomas Carlyle

That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy. Thomas Carlyle

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

Stop a moment, cease your work, and look around you. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

The mystery of a person, indeed, is ever divine to him that has a sense for the godlike. Thomas Carlyle

Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others. Thomas Carlyle

Over the times thou hast no power. . . . Solely over one man thou hast quite absolute power. Him redeem and make honest. Thomas Carlyle

Wealth of a man is the number of things which he loves and blesses which he is loved and blessed by. Thomas Carlyle

Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

All human things do require to have an ideal in them; to have some soul in them. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

The greatest fault is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle

History a distillation of Rumour. Thomas Carlyle

Man is a tool-using animal...Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble. Thomas Carlyle

The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

History after all is the true poetry. Thomas Carlyle

For every one hundred men who can stand adversity there is only one who can withstand prosperity. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

The age of miracles is forever here. Thomas Carlyle

Courtesy is the due of man to man; not of suit-of-clothes to suit-of-clothes. Thomas Carlyle

Man is, and was always, a block-head and dullard; much readier to feel and digest, than to think and consider. Thomas Carlyle

Pin thy faith to no man's sleeve. Hast thou not two eyes of thy own? Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

The person who cannot laugh is not only ready for treason, and deceptions, their whole life is already a treason and deception. Thomas Carlyle

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

One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music. Thomas Carlyle

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

The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity. Thomas Carlyle

A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads. Thomas Carlyle

Rest is for the dead. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem. Thomas Carlyle

Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books! Thomas Carlyle

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

Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence. Thomas Carlyle

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