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THOMAS CARLYLE
Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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O thou who art able to write a book which once in the two centuries or oftener there is a man gifted to do, envy not him whom they name city-builder, and inexpressibly pity him whom they name conqueror or city-burner.
      - [Authorship]

O Time! Time! how it brings forth and devours! And the roaring flood of existence rushes on forever similar, forever changing!
      - [Time]

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."
      - [Obedience]

Of all acts is not, for a man, repentance the most divine? The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
      - [Repentance]

Of all paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path for every man,--a thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do; which, could he but be led or driven to do, he were then doing like a man, as we phrase it. His success, in such a case, were complete, his felicity a maximum.
      - [Vocations]

Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
      - [Action : Duty]

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
      - [Doing]

Over the time thou hast no power; to redeem a world sunk in dishonesty has not been given thee; solely over one man therein thou hast a quite absolute, uncontrollable power; him redeem, him make honest.
      - [Self-control]

Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk.
      - [Legislatures]

Piety does not mean that a man should make a sour face about things, and refuse to enjoy in moderation what his Maker has given.
      - [Piety]

Pin thy faith to no man's sleeve. Hast thou not two eyes of thy own?
      - [Faith]

Poetry is the attempt which man makes to render his existence harmonious.
      - [Poetry]

Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
      - [Lying]

Rare benevolence, the minister of God.
      - [Benevolence]

Reform, like charity, must begin at home.
      - [Reform]

Rest is a fine medicine. Let your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics; let your brain rest, you wearied and worried men of business; let your limbs rest, ye children of toil!
      - [Rest]

Rich as we are in biography, a well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one; and there are certainly many more men whose history deserves to be recorded than persons willing and able to record it.
      - [Biography]

Roguery is thought by some to be cunning and laughable: it is neither; it is devilish.
      - [Rogues]

Sarcasm, I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil.
      - [Sarcasm]

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
      - [Secrecy]

See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it.
      - [Music]

Shakespeare says, we are creatures that look before and after; the more surprising that we do not look around a little, and see what is passing under our very eyes.
      - [Present]

Silence is deep as eternity; speech is shallow as time.
      - [Silence]

Silence is the eternal duty of man.
      - [Silence]

Silence, the great Empire of Silence: higher than all stars; deeper than the Kingdom of Death! It alone is great; all else is small.
      - [Silence]


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