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[This saying of Alphonso about Ptolemy's astronomy, that] "it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice."
- History of Frederick the Great
(bk. II, ch. VII) [Creation]
All history . . . is an inarticulate Bible.
- Latter Day Pamphlets (405) [History]
Respectable Professors of the Dismal Science.
- Latter Day Pamphlets (no. 1) [Science]
A parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.
- Latter Day Pamphlets (no. VI, Parliaments)
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?
- Latter Day Pamphlets--Parliaments,
referring to the relationship of teh Parliament to the British people
Happy the People whose Annals are blank in History-Books.
- Life of Frederick the Great
(bk. XVI, ch. I) [History]
Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy.
- Miscellaneous Essays (I, 137), (ed. 1888)
My whinstone house my castle is,
I have my own four walls.
- My Own Four Walls [Home]
The Age of Miracles past? The Age of Miracles is for ever here!
- On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History,
The Hero as Priest [Books (First Lines)]
Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself.
- Past and Present (bk. II, ch. XVII) [Work]
All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble.
- Past and Present (bk. III, ch. IV) [Work]
Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns.
- Past and Present (bk. III, ch. VIII)
Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go.
- Past and Present (ch. VI) [Wealth]
Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles.
- Past and Present (ch. XVII) [Fame]
There are but two ways of paying debt--increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.
- Past and Present--Government (ch. X)
Mother of dead dogs.
- quoted by Reminiscences [Dogs]
How much lies in Laughter: the cipher-key, wherewith we decipher the whole man.
- Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. IV) [Laughter]
He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.
- Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. V) [Printing]
High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge.
- Sartor Resartus (bk. I, ch. VIII) [Words]
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.
- Sartor Resartus (bk. III, ch. III)
It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.
- Sartor Resartus III [Gravity]
Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among Mankind.
- Sartor Resartus--Organic Filaments
The fearful Unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
- Sartor Resartus--The Everlasting No
(bk. II, ch. VII) [Unbelief]
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.
- Sartor Resartus--The Everlasting Yea
(bk. II, ch. IX) [Greatness]
It can be said of him. When he departed he took a Man's life with him. No sounder piece of British manhood was put together in that eighteenth century of Time.
- Sir Walter Scott,
in the "London and Westminister Review"
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