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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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The greatest security against sin is to be shocked at its presence. 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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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 king is the man who can. Thomas Carlyle
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Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading. Thomas Carlyle
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A force as of madness in the hands of reason has done all that was ever done in the world. 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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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