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

Thomas Carlyle

   God
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The true university of these days is a collection of books.

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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?

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Thomas Carlyle

   Truth
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A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.

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Thomas Carlyle

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Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Greatness
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Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Good
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A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Man
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Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Man
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History, a distillation of rumour.

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Thomas Carlyle

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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Life
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Happy the people whose annals are vacant.

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Thomas Carlyle

   People
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Worship is transcendent wonder.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

   Wonder
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No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Great
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History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.

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Thomas Carlyle

   History
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To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.

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Thomas Carlyle

   God
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The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Life
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A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Kindness
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Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Love
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It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.

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Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.

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Thomas Carlyle

   Writing