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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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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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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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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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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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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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No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors. Thomas Carlyle
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The greatest fault is to be conscious of none. 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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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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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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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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