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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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The greatest security against sin is to be shocked at its presence. 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Fire is the best of servants; but what a master! Thomas Carlyle
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Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. Thomas Carlyle
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It is not what a man outwardly has or wants that constitutes the happiness or misery of him. Nakedness, hunger, distress of all kinds, death itself have been cheerfully suffered, when the heart was right. It is the feeling of injustice that is insupportable to all men. 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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The ideal is in thyself, the impediment too is in thyself. Thomas Carlyle
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Hardened round us, encasing wholly every notion we form, is a wrappage of traditions, hearsays, mere words. Thomas Carlyle
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He that can work is a born king of something. 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 account to that. Thomas Carlyle
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If Jesus Christ were to come to-day, people wouldn't even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. Thomas Carlyle
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Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things. Thomas Carlyle
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Wonderful Force of Public Opinion! We must act and walk in all points as it prescribes; follow the traffic it bids us, realise the sum of money, the degree of influence it expects of us, or we shall be lightly esteemed; Thomas Carlyle
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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
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A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the mother of ages. Thomas Carlyle
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How does the poet speak to men with power, but by being still more a man than they? Thomas Carlyle
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His religion at best is an anxious wish, - like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps. Thomas Carlyle
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The stupendous Fourth Estate, whose wide world-embracing influences what eye can take in? Thomas Carlyle
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Close thy Byron; open thy Goethe. Thomas Carlyle
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With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much. Thomas Carlyle
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Do the Duty which lies nearest thee, which thou knowest to be a Duty! Thy second Duty will already have become clearer. Thomas Carlyle
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Can the man say, Fiat lux, Let there be light; and out of chaos make a world? Precisely as there is light in himself, will he accomplish this. Thomas Carlyle
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Fire is the best of servents; but what a master! 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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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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We are to remember what an umpire Nature is; what a greatness, composure of depth and tolerance there is in her. You take wheat to cast into the Earth's bosom; your wheat may be mixed with chaff, chopped straw, barn-sweepings, dust and all imaginable rubbish; no matter: you cast it into the kind just Earth; she grows the wheat, - the whole rubbish she silently absorbs, shrouds it in, says nothing of the rubbish. Thomas Carlyle
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The eye of the intellect "sees in all objects what it brought with it the means of seeing." Thomas Carlyle
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Neither let mistakes and wrong directions - of which every man, in his studies and elsewhere, falls into many - discourage you. There is precious instruction to be got by finding that we are wrong. Let a man try faithfully, manfully to be right, he will grow daily more and more right. It is, at bottom, the condition which all men have to cultivate themselves. Our very walking is an incessant falling - a falling and a catching of ourselves before we come actually to the pavement! - it is emblematic of all things a man does. 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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Genius... means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble. Thomas Carlyle
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The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. The greatest of faults, I should say is to be conscious of none. 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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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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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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