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The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle

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A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason. Thomas Carlyle

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Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. Thomas Carlyle

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Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others. Thomas Carlyle

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A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus. Thomas Carlyle

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A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. Thomas Carlyle

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The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person. Thomas Carlyle

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Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. Thomas Carlyle

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Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct. Thomas Carlyle

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The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self. Thomas Carlyle

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Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only. Thomas Carlyle

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Work alone is noble. Thomas Carlyle

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I don't pretend to understand the Universe -- it's a great deal bigger than I am. Thomas Carlyle

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Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. 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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No violent extreme endures. Thomas Carlyle

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Wonder is the basis of worship. Thomas Carlyle

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Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle

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Oh, give us the man who sings at his work. Thomas Carlyle

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No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve. 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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It is not a lucky word, this name impossible; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths. Thomas Carlyle

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The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. Thomas Carlyle

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Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. Thomas Carlyle

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A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. Thomas Carlyle

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Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man. Thomas Carlyle

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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. Thomas Carlyle

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The spiritual is the parent of the practical. Thomas Carlyle

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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. Thomas Carlyle

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Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope. Thomas Carlyle

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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. Thomas Carlyle

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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves. Thomas Carlyle

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

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If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded. Thomas Carlyle

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Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance -- the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it ;better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen. Thomas Carlyle

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Worship is transcendent wonder. Thomas Carlyle

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The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. Thomas Carlyle

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No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself. 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. Thomas Carlyle

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It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe. Thomas Carlyle

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Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. Thomas Carlyle

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For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad. Thomas Carlyle

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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle

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

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If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation? Thomas Carlyle

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A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man. Thomas Carlyle

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Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. Thomas Carlyle

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What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books. Thomas Carlyle

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If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown. Thomas Carlyle