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THOMAS CARLYLE
Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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Time has only a relative existence.
      - [Time]

To a shower of gold most things are penetrable.
      - [Money]

To be true is manly, chivalrous, Christian; to be false is mean, cowardly, devilish.
      - [Falsity]

To him and all of us the expressly appointed schoolmaster and schoolings are as nothing.
      - [Schools]

To redeem a world sunk in dishonesty has not been given them. Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control. Him redeem, him make honest.
      - [Radicalism]

To say that we have a clear conscience is to utter a solecism; had we never sinned we should have had no conscience. Were defeat unknown, neither would victory be celebrated by songs of triumph.
      - [Conscience]

To the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant.
      - [Distance]

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart; it is not contempt; its essence is love; it issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. It is a sort of inverse sublimity, exalting, as it were, into our affections what is below us, while sublimity draws down into our affections what is above us.
      - [Humor]

Trust not the heart of that man for whom old clothes are not venerable.
      - [Clothes]

"Truth," I cried, "though the heavens crush me for following her; no falsehood, though a whole celestial Lubberland were the price of apostasy!"
      - [Truth]

Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.
      - [Fools]

Unity, agreement, is always silent or soft-voiced; it is only discord that loudly proclaims itself.
      - [Discord]

Vain hope, to make people happy by politics!
      - [Politics]

Venerable to me is the hard hand,--crooked, coarse,--wherein, notwithstanding, lies a cunning virtue, indispensably royal as of the sceptre of the planet.
      - [Hand]

Violence does even justice unjustly.
      - [Violence]

Virtue is, like health, the harmony of the whole man.
      - [Virtue]

We are the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God.
      - [Man]

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.
      - [Resignation]

We do everything by custom, even believe by it; our very axioms, let us boast of free-thinking as we may, are oftenest simply such beliefs as we have never heard questioned.
      - [Custom]

We observe with confidence that the truly strong mind, view it as intellect or morality, or under any other aspect, is nowise the mind acquainted with its strength; that here the sign of health is unconsciousness.
      - [Greatness]

"We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body!" This sounds much like a mere flourish of rhetoric; but it is not so. If well meditated, it will turn out to be a scientific fact; the expression, in such words as can be had, of the actual truth of the thing. We are the miracle of miracles,--the great inscrutable mystery of God. We cannot understand it, we know not how to speak of it; but we may feel and know, if we like, that it is verily so.
      - [Man]

Well might the ancients make silence a god; for it is the element of all godhood, infinitude, or transcendental greatness,--at once the source and the ocean wherein all such begins and ends.
      - [Silence]

What a wretched thing is all fame! A renown of the highest sort endures, say, for two thousand years. And then? Why, then, a fathomless eternity swallows it. Work for eternity; not the meagre rhetorical eternity of the periodical critics, but for the real eternity wherein dwelleth the Divine.
      - [Fame]

What an enormous "camera-obscura" tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory, in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it; and in the darkness in the entire ignorance, without date or document, no book, no Arundel marble, only here and there some dull monumental cairn!
      - [Tradition]

What is nature? Art thou not the living government of God? O Heaven, is it in very deed He then that ever speaks through thee,--that lives and loves in thee, that lives and loves in me?
      - [Nature]


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