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Thomas Carlyle
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In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men - genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion. 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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Only perhaps in the United States, which alone of countries can do without governing, every man being at least able to live, and move off into the wilderness, let Congress jargon as it will, can such a form of so-called Government continue for any length of time to torment men with the semblance, when the indispensable substance is not there. Thomas Carlyle
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The Mystic Bond of Brotherhood makes all men one. Thomas Carlyle
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All true work is sacred. In all true work, were it but true hand work, there is something of divineness. Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in Heaven. 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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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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For every one hundred men who can stand adversity there is only one who can withstand prosperity. 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 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 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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The greatest fault is to be conscious of none. 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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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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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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