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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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The greatest security against sin is to be shocked at its presence. 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For every one hundred men who can stand adversity there is only one who can withstand prosperity. 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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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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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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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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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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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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